Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

December 9, 2012

Heisman Trophy: Expectations will be high for Manziel's encore

NEW YORK — —

Heisman Trophy history suggests it will never get better for Johnny Manziel than it did this season. In the 78-year history of the Heisman, only one player has one more than one: Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and '75.

But even if another Heisman is not in Manziel's future, there's still plenty left for Johnny Football and Texas A&M to achieve before he's done in College Station, Texas.

"First and foremost, there's the Cotton Bowl," Manziel said Saturday night. The 10th-ranked Aggies play No. 12 Oklahoma in Dallas on Jan. 4.

"From there, I have to be the guy who starts the motor for a run at the national title next year. That's our goal. If more awards come, they come."

That goal doesn't seem farfetched at all after the Aggies' scintillating first season playing in the Southeastern Conference. Manziel was joined on stage at his post-ceremony news conference by coach Kevin Sumlin and A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the former star quarterback at Texas Tech.

Manziel turned 20 this week. Kingsbury is 33. Sumlin is 48. It's not hard to look at them and see the future of the SEC. Especially after the Aggies went 10-2 this season and left no doubt that their fast-paced, spread offense would not sputter in the big bad SEC.

Texas A&M averaged 552 yards per game and 44 points. Manziel smashed Cam Newton's total offense record with 4,600 yards passing and rushing.

"You look what our offense did this year. People didn't really think that we were going to have mush success in the SEC. They said these smashmouth, hard-nose defenses and this gimmick offense ... won't work.

"For us to come into Alabama and some of the other games and really stress tempo, tempo, tempo. We want to move fast. We want to make people uncomfortable. That was our main goal this year. Our offense with coach Sumlin and what coach Kingsbury did, I love it. I love everything about it. It's definitely something that can work if you have the right people in place for it."

Kingsbury said he and Sumlin didn't quite realize what they had in Manziel early on.

"All spring coach Sumlin would blow the whistle because the defense was close, and (Manziel would) come over ... spike the ball, 'God! They wouldn't have got me.' I'm like, 'OK, Johnny, sure they wouldn't have got you.' Come to find out they wouldn't have got him."

Potentially, Texas A&M will have many of its best pieces in place next season. Receiver Mike Evans is a freshman, too, and has future first-round draft pick written all over him. Texas A&M has an offensive line that rivals Alabama's with two stud tackles in Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. Both of those big boys are juniors. The first-round of the NFL draft could await — Joeckel is being projected as a top-10 pick. Getting them back to College Station for another year will be tough. But if Aggies fans are allowed to dream, there's no reason why A&M's offense can't be even better next season. Even if Manziel's numbers aren't.

There's only so much defenses can do to hem in Manziel, who is a master of making something out of nothing.

But football is a game of adjustments. Defenses will search for ways to rein in Johnny Football. Sumlin's response might be to get his running backs more involved. The Aggies figure to have a stable of good ones next season.

Manziel could be as good or better next season, but not be able to put up those same video-game numbers.

It's a common tale in Heisman history.

BYU's Ty Detmer won the award as a junior in 1990, but finished a distance third behind Desmond Howard in 1991.

"The hard parts winning it again because the expectation level goes up," Detmer said earlier this week. "I felt like my senior year I was a much better player than my junior year. Smarter, less turnovers. Didn't have as good a stats, but I felt like I was a better player my senior year. But the expectations were different."

Expectations will by sky high in College Station next season. The move to the SEC, hiring Sumlin and the second Heisman in the history of the program — and first since John David Crow in 1957 — have Aggies' hopes soaring.

"The award for the program is huge," Sumlin said. "There's a lot of programs out there that don't have one. It took a long time for Texas A&M to get to two."

Maybe Manziel can buck the trends again and A&M won't have to wait so long to add a third.

___

Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphdrussoap

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly

    There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
    Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
    But never from Connor.
    He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

    April 18, 2014

  • Frost Lady Polar Bears Area Champions.jpg GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet

    The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan:The new endangered species

    Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
    High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup

    Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second

    April 17, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road

    Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14Amessigns.jpg GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College

    There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14NVSBMoerbe slides.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris

    Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
    She had no idea.
    And she didn't care.
    Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CallieDevinFCA.jpg GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games

    Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win

    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
AP Video
Twitter Updates