Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel scrambling
Texas A&M AggiesNo. 2
Quarterback Redshirt Sophomore
Major: Sports Management
Date of birth: (1992-12-06) December 6, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth: Tyler, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 210 lb ({{rnd/bExpression error: Unexpected < operator.|Expression error: Unexpected < operator.|(Script error)|Expression error: Unexpected < operator. }} kg; {{rnd/bExpression error: Unexpected < operator.|Expression error: Unexpected < operator.|(Script error)|Expression error: Unexpected < operator. }} lb)
Career history
High school: Kerrville (TX) Tivy
*Texas A&M University (2011–2013)
Career highlights and awards
* Heisman Trophy (2012)
Stats at
File:Johnny Manziel.jpg

Jonathan Paul Manziel (born December 6, 1992), also known by his nickname "Johnny Football", is an American football quarterback. He was nationally recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback.[1] In 2012, Manziel debuted for the Texas A&M Aggies as a redshirt freshman in Kevin Sumlin's Air Raid offense[2] during A&M's first season in the SEC. He broke numerous NCAA Division I FBS and SEC records, which include becoming the first freshman and fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.[3] At the end of the regular season, he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy,[4] Manning Award,[5] and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.[6] Manziel capitalized on his redshirt freshman season by leading Texas A&M to a 41–13 victory over Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic.[7]

Manziel was given the nickname "Johnny Football" by fans and students at Texas A&M University before the start of the 2012 season.[8][9] The nickname is a registered trademark.[10]

Early life Edit

Manziel was born in Tyler, Texas the son of Michelle (née Liberato) and Paul Manziel.[11] He has a younger sister who is in high school. His family became wealthy through the Texas petroleum industry.[12]

He grew up playing a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf and football. At Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, he focused on baseball and football. However, it was in football that sportswriters, coaches, and parents said he "achieved folk hero status" and was compared to quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Michael Vick, and Drew Brees.[13]

High schoolEdit

At Tivy High School he was coached by Mark Smith. He played football all four years in high school and began with the freshman team his first year. By the end of his first season, he played with the varsity team as a receiver. He began his sophomore year primarily as a receiver, but started the fourth game at quarterback. He shared that position for the remainder of the season, finishing with 1,164 yards passing, 806 rushing and 408 receiving for a combined 28 touchdowns. Manziel's junior year was his first as starting quarterback, and he completed that season with 2,903 passing yards, 1,544 rushing yards, 152 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns. That year, he was voted All-San Antonio Area Offensive Player of the Year as well as District 27-4A MVP.[13]

During Manziel's senior season, he compiled 228-of-347 (65.7%) passing for 3,609 yards with 45 TDs and 5 INTs. He also had 170 carries for 1,674 yards and 30 TDs. He had 1 TD reception and returned a kickoff for a touchdown for a combined 77 TDs. That year, he was honored as District 28-4A MVP (unanimous selection), Class 4A First Team All-State (AP), San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year (second year in a row), the Associated Press Sports Editors Texas Player of the Year, Sub-5A First Team All-Area (SA Express-News), No. 1 QB in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, DCTF Top 300, PrepStar All-Region and Super-Prep All-Region.[14]

For Manziel's three years as a starter, he completed 520 of 819 passes (63.5 percent) for 7,626 yards and 76 touchdowns, rushed 531 times for 4,045 yards and 77 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 582 yards and another five touchdowns. He was the only quarterback in America named as a Parade All-American his senior year, and he was also named The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Senior Athlete of the Year in football.[15]

He was highly recruited out of high school; in addition to Texas A&M, he received offers from Baylor, Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Oregon, Rice, Stanford, Tulsa, and Wyoming.[16] Although he grew up a Texas Longhorns fan, the University of Texas did not recruit him. Although it was rumored that Texas wanted Manziel at defensive back, Texas coach Mack Brown said the rumor was not true.[17] Though Manziel originally committed to play for Oregon, he later changed his commitment to the Aggies, thanks to the influence of then-quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley.[18][19]

Manziel was named to the NUC All World Game (started by David Schuman and National Underclassmen Combine) in 2010 where he rushed for over 100 yards and threw for over 200. It was the first time Manziel dominated on a national stage. He played in the game as a teammate with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Johnny Manziel
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Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 45 (QB); 21 (school)   Rivals: 97 (QB); 27 (school)  ESPN: 78 (QB)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College careerEdit

File:Johnny Manziel Vs LSU.jpg

2011 seasonEdit

Manziel was redshirted during his first season and did not play in any games.

2012 seasonEdit

Texas A&M faced uncertainty at the quarterback position when Ryan Tannehill left for the National Football League after the 2011 season. Manziel performed well during Spring ball and fall practices and won the starting job over Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel before the season began.[20] His first game was supposed to be against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, Louisiana on Thursday, August 30, 2012, but the game was postponed until October 13 due to Hurricane Isaac hitting the Louisiana coast two days prior to game time.[21] Consequently, Manziel's college football debut was played as a redshirt freshman against the Florida Gators before a home crowd at Kyle Field.

Although Manziel began the season in relative obscurity, his play against Arkansas in which he broke Archie Manning's 43-year-old total offense record gained him some attention. Manziel had 557 yards of total offense, breaking Manning's record of 540. Two games later, Manziel surpassed his own total offense record against #24 Louisiana Tech by achieving 576 yards of total offense, becoming the first player in SEC history to have two 500+ total offense games in one season. After Texas A&M's blowout of Auburn in game 8, in which Manziel accounted for 3 passing and 2 rushing touchdowns through only the first half plus one series in the second, Manziel began showing up in national Heisman Watch lists.

Manziel was launched into the national scene after he led Texas A&M to a 29–24 upset over #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In that game, Manziel accounted for 345 of A&M's 418 yards of offense, including two passing touchdowns. In following days, Manziel became the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy in most national watch lists and polls due to his performance during the game combined with other Heisman frontrunners faltering.

On November 24 during the game against the Missouri Tigers before a home crowd, Manziel left the game with an apparent knee injury late in the first quarter. He returned to the field for the next series of downs wearing a knee brace and finished the game with 439 yards of total offense, including 3 passing and 2 rushing touchdowns. During the game, he broke the single season record for offensive production in the SEC with 4600 yards, surpassing Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, notable recent Heisman Trophy winners. He also became the first freshman and only the fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 3000 and rush for 1000 yards in a season, reaching that mark two games earlier than any other player. He won the SEC Freshman of the Year Award and College Football Performance National Freshman of the Year Award.[22] Manziel won the Davey O'Brien Award on December 6 and the Heisman Trophy on December 8, making him the first freshman ever to win either award.[4]

2012 Heisman Trophy Finalist Voting[23]
Finalist First place votes
(3 pts. each)
Second place votes
(2 pts. each)
Third place votes
(1 pt. each)
Total points
Johnny Manziel 474 252 103 2,029
Manti Te'o 321 309 126 1706
Collin Klein 60 197 320 894

2013 seasonEdit

Texas A&M started the 2013 season with a No. 6 ranking in the Coaches Poll.[24] Prior to the season, some journalists argued that Johnny could suffer a sophomore slump,[25][26][27] while others felt that he will continue to have success.[28][29][30] Manziel's eligibility for the 2013 season was under question after reports surfaced that he had signed autographs for money in January 2013. On August 28, 2013, the NCAA reached an agreement with Texas A&M to suspend Manziel for the first half of the team's game against Rice (the first game of the season), after acknowledging that Manziel did not receive any money for the autographs.[31]

In the game against No. 1 Alabama, Manziel threw for a school record of 464 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 49–42 loss. His primary target during the game was Mike Evans, who compiled 7 receptions for a school record of 279 yards.[32] In the 51-41 win over Mississippi State, Manziel tied his career-high five touchdowns, while also throwing for 446 yards and three interceptions.[33]

College statisticsEdit

Johnny Manziel's college statistics[34]
Year Team Pass Attempts Pass Completions Completion % Pass Yards Pass TDs INT Passer Rating Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush Avg Rush TDs
2012 Texas A&M 434 295 68.0% 3,706 26 9 155.3 201 1,410 7.0 21
2013 Texas A&M 429 300 69.9% 4,114 37 13 172.9 144 759 5.3 9
Total 863 595 68.9% 7,820 63 22 164.1 345 2,169 6.3 30

Professional careerEdit

2014 NFL DraftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11¾ in 207 lb31 in9 ⅞ in 4.68 s 1.59 s 4.03 s 6.75 s 31.5 in 9 ft 5 in

On January 8, 2014, Manziel announced that he would forego his junior season in order to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[35] He is projected to be a 1st round pick, and as of January 15, 2014, his draft stock is reported to be rising by a consensus of experts who have him pegged as a top 5 pick.[36] Manziel elected to throw during Texas A&M's Pro Day on March 27, 2014 instead of during the NFL Combine. During his pro day, Manziel completed 62-of-65 passes to six different receivers. His pro day performance was well received by sports journalists.[37][38][39][40]

Prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel became one of the most polarizing athletes in pre-draft history, from scouting opinions varying from undraftable to rare competitor.[41] Former NFL head coach Barry Switzer took it to a personal level criticizing Manziel, saying: "I don’t like his antics. I think he’s an arrogant little (expletive). I’ve said that and I’ll say it again."[42][43] Manziel's race might have been a factor in the spat, as Barry has been noted saying: “I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me is if his mom and daddy would both have to be black, and that’s the only way I would do it."[42][43]

Honors & accomplishmentsEdit

College honorsEdit

Full-season awards and nominationsEdit

Associated Press[46]
Football Writers Association of America[47]
Walter Camp Football Foundation[48]
Sporting News[49]
CBS Sports[51][52]
Sports Illustrated[53]

Weekly awardsEdit

  • 2-time Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week[48]
  • 3-time AT&T All-America Player of the Week[66]
  • 4-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week[67]
  • 9-time SEC Freshman of the Week[67]

NCAA Records & NotesEdit

  • FBS Freshman record: rushing yards by a quarterback, season (1,410)[5]
  • FBS Freshman record: total offense, season (5,116)[5]
  • 10th Most Single Season Total Offensive yards in NCAA FBS history.[68]
  • Most games with 300+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards, career (4)[5]
  • FBS record: First Freshman (and 5th player ever) in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards, season[5]
  • FBS record: Rushing yards by a Quarterback in a Bowl Game (229 yards)[5]
  • Only the 4th player to have 20 Passing TD's & 20 Rushing TD's, season[5]
  • Eclipsed the 7,000-yard barrier in total offense in his 19th career game, which is the fastest in NCAA FBS history by a four-year player.[69]
  • Second Freshman in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards[5]
  • First Freshman to win the Heisman Trophy[5]
  • First Freshman to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award[5]
  • First Freshman to win the Manning Award[5]

SEC Records & NotesEdit

  • Most yards total offense in a game (576, breaking Archie Manning's 1969 record of 540 yards)[70]
    • The first 3 spots on the SEC total offense in a game
      • 576 yards
      • 562 yards against #1 Alabama
      • 557 yards two weeks before the 576 yards
  • Most yards total offense, season (5,116, breaking Cam Newton's 2010 record in two fewer games)
  • 2nd Most yards total offense, season (4,873)
  • Most yards total offense, game average (383.3, breaking Tim Couch's 1998 record, of 377.4 yards)
  • Highest yards per play average (50 plays minimum), game (10.71, against Arkansas on September 29, 2012, breaking Steve Tanneyhill's record of 10.0 yards)
  • First SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in one season
  • Second most passing yards in a SEC single season, 4,114 passing yards[68]
  • Tied for third most passing touchdowns in an SEC single season, 37 touchdowns[68]
  • Tied for Second most Rushing Touchdowns in a Single Season[68]
  • Tied for 8th most Scoring in a Single Season[68]
  • 8th most Passing Yards in a Single Season[68]

Texas A&M Records & NotesEdit

  • Record for total yards in a season with 5,116.
  • Most yards passing yards in a game
    • The first 3 spots on the Texas A&M Passing Yards in a game
      • 464 yards against #1 Alabama on September 14, 2013.
      • 454 yards against Auburn on October 19, 2013.
      • 453 yards against Arkansas on September 29, 2012.
  • Most yards total offense in a game (576, breaking Archie Manning's 1969 record of 540 yards)[70]
    • The first 3 spots on the Texas A&M total offense in a game
      • 576 yards
      • 562 yards against #1 Alabama
      • 557 yards two weeks before the 576 yards
  • In 10 games, Manziel had 4 of the top 10 games in total offense in Texas A&M history.
  • Logged 10 straight games with 300 or more total yards, 21 total games with 300+ yards.
  • The 3rd Texas A&M quarterback to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season.[71]
  • First Texas A&M Quarterback to have Multiple 3,000 yard seasons.[71]
  • Texas A&M career total touchdowns record with 94 touchdowns.[71]
  • Texas A&M career total yards record with 9,989 yards.[71]
  • The 3rd Texas A&M quarterback to surpass 7,000 passing yards in a career.[71]
  • The most passing yards in a single season.[71]
  • 2nd Texas A&M quarterback to rush for 2,000 yards.[71]
  • The most rushing touchdowns in a single season.[71]
  • The most passing touchdowns in a single season.[71]
  • 2nd in career passing touchdowns.[71]
  • 2nd in career passing yards.[71]
  • Tied for 12th in career rushing touchdowns.[71]
  • 15th in career rushing yards.[71]

Outside of football Edit

Manziel is a friend of rap artist Drake, whom he considers an idol and he is also a friend of National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Lebron James[72]

June 2012 arrestEdit

On June 29, 2012, before he was chosen as Texas A&M's starting quarterback and before his first college game, Manziel was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors—disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver's license. These charges stemmed from a late-night fight in College Station, Texas.[73] In July 2013, he pleaded guilty for failure to identify, and the other two charges were dismissed.[74]

Police reports state that Manziel was with a friend who directed a racial slur at a man on the street. The man then approached the two of them trying to get at the friend, but Manziel placed himself between the two men saying his friend didn't mean it and he was going to take him home. The man continued pushing against Manziel to reach the other, and eventually Manziel pushed back. At this point, the man swung at Manziel who then began fighting back. Shortly afterward, the bicycle patrol officers arrived. Manziel, who at the time was 19, presented a fake Louisiana driver’s license to police officers showing himself to be 21. Manziel was taken into custody and reportedly spent the night in jail.[75][76] After the incident, Manziel eventually regained the favor of his team and head coach Kevin Sumlin, and was named the starting quarterback.[77] Per Sumlin's policy of not allowing freshmen to give media interviews, Manziel was unable to speak to reporters about his arrest until the end of the 2012 regular season. When reporters asked about the incident during his first press conference on November 27, Manziel stated that he had learned from the mistake and "had to make a lot of changes in [his] life."[78][79]

2013 offseasonEdit

During the 2013 offseason, Manziel drew significant media attention over his behavior off the field.[80][81][82][83][84][85][86] Notable incidents include his early departure from the Manning Passing Academy after allegedly oversleeping,[87] tweeting that he "can't wait to leave College Station" after receiving a parking ticket,[88] and getting kicked out of a University of Texas fraternity party.[89] An ESPN The Magazine article revealed his parents' concerns about his dealings with his newfound stardom.[90]

On August 4, 2013, ESPN reported that the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel accepted payments from autographs that he had signed in January 2013. The NCAA did not find any evidence that Manziel accepted money for the autographs, but reached an agreement with Texas A&M to suspend him for the first half of the season opener against Rice University, due to an "inadvertent violation" of NCAA rules.[31]


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