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Manziel Speaks: "I don't see myself as Johnny Football"

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The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking with the first words this season directly from A&M's Johnny Football Rock Star.

You know, the freshman who just rocked the knife-fight-in-a-ditch SEC for a jaw-dropping record 4,600 yards of total offense while a part of 43 touchdowns in his first tackle football activities since high school.  And in A&M's introduction to the most vicious and respected defensive league in America.

You know, that Manziel guy who until now was forced into the silent treatment from head honcho Kevin Sumlin who shuts all his rookies out of the season-long media blitz, per policy.  Even if one in particular is shredding record books and leading the Aggies to a 10-win charge for the first time since 1998 and a top-10 national rank.  And defying absolutely every single preseason expectation in the process.

"I don't see myself as Johnny Football," Manziel said his one-hour meet the media conference call Monday afternoon from College Station. "I still see myself as Johnathan Manziel, a small-town guy from Kerrville, Texas, who's extremely fortunate and extremely blessed to play football here at A&M."

Manziel was actually born in Tyler, Texas, before relocating to Kerrville when he was in the seventh grade.  Which means he could very well become the first frosh to hoist the Heisman Trophy and still have to settle for only the second award winner from his official home town.  Second to certifiable Texas legend, Earl Campbell.

"It's something (winning the Heisman) you dream about as a kid," Manziel said.  "When you're sitting there and playing all those NCAA (video) games and you create a player (and) win the Heisman as a freshman because you just put up all these crazy numbers.  It's the biggest most prestigious award in college football so definitely (winning) would be a dream come true."

Manziel's reality exceeds even his own crystal bowl gazing just three months ago.

"I don't think I envisioned how big this season would be for us," Manziel said. "I don't think anyone would have envisioned that we would win 10 games at the start of the season.  It's beyond my wildest imagination. It's a true testament to how this team has grown every week because without these guys, none of my individual success would mean anything."

Manziel wasn't named the Aggies starting quarterback until two weeks before the then-scheduled season-opener with Louisiana Tech.  No one knew at the time what he had in store for his break-out debut but he had a feel for the offensive savvy of Sumlin and coordinator Kliff Kingsbury from their recent scoreboard smashing at UH.

"They were known as a school that would go out and throw 50 times, 60 times and put up huge passing numbers and just "wow" people with how they move down the field," Manziel said.  "Whenever they got here we just got a chance to adapt it a little big more.  I could run a little bit differently than Case (Keenum) and some of the other guys they had in Houston.  We can read some stuff out (on the option) and run with the quarterback more than just dropping back and passing it."

And when asked what goes through his mind during some of those now signature Manic Manziel Moments of ad lib pitch-and-catch or sprint-and-score through befuddled secondaries Johnny Football was as succinct as he's been mind-numbingly successful.


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"I never really intend to go out and run around and freelance. It's an instinct that just takes over.  I'd love to take a three-step drop, get the ball out and not have to worry about running around in circles. In the preseason here, we heard all the things we couldn't do and had a list of things we couldn't do. It's something I heard and something the team heard."

And now all the college football world is hearing directly from Johnny Football.

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