The Texas A&M Aggies are off to a hot start behind quarterback Johnny Manziel, as the sophomore is racking up some gaudy numbers in Kevin Sumlin's high-powered offense. While Sumlin's previous star quarterback, Case Keenum, put up yardage through just the air, Manziel has been doing it with his legs and arm.
Manziel's best game so far came against Louisiana Tech last Saturday. He completed 24-of-40 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 181 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Not many could have expected this, but the coaching staff had seen some indicators, according to S.I.:
"Anybody would be lying to say you'd think a guy would be throwing up 500 yards in a game this early in his career. Was he capable of that? Yeah. Did we expect it to be where it is right now? I don't know. You see things in a game that surprise some people, but we see it in practice a lot. Because of that, it's a surprise, but not as big a surprise as some people think."
"Johnny Football" will face his biggest test since Week 1 against Florida, as LSU visits College Station this Saturday. The Tigers possess one of the best defenses in the country, and yards will be much tougher to come by than against the La. Tech Bulldogs. LSU will provide a good indication of how Manziel has progressed as a starter.