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A&M’s Manziel Confident Heading Into Summer

gfx - they said itAfter tossing out the first pitch at last night’s Rangers/Angels game, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel shared his thoughts about the state of Aggie football now and in the future:


“We’re still young, still learning.  Look at us last spring.  We did some good things, but we weren’t anywhere where we were come August when it was really ready to strap it up and get on the field.  (New quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital) is getting adjusted to everybody and we’re really starting to settle in.  Come August, I have no worries.”


The reigning Heisman-winner also said that he misses baseball.  “I miss it a lot.  I would love to play.  I chose a little different path.  Football came into center stage in my life when I always through I would play baseball.”

Not to question Manziel’s baseball skills, but it sure looks like he picked the right sport:


Johnny Manziel Heisman Highlight Video Part 1

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New A&M Assistant Won’t Rein In Johnny Football

gfx - they said itNew Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney made it clear yesterday that he has no intentions of hindering Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel:


“We’re going to let Johnny do what he does best.  We’re not going to try and control him.  We’re going to give him the system and let him play football…

I don’t see a reason to change much.  We’re going to add some things to get better, but our philosophy offensively is to take what the defense gives us.”


McKinney has been with Kevin Sumlin since serving as his running backs coach at Houston.  In other words, he knows the offense and he knows how Sumlin wants it run.

Listen closely and you can hear a deafening sigh of relief emanating from College Station.


(CORRECTION — An earlier version of this story said that McKinney came to A&M from West Virginia after serving on Sumlin’s Houston staff.  In fact, it was Jake Spavital — the other co-offensive coordinator — who was hired from Dana Holgorsen’s staff.  Apologies.)

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A&M Hires Spavital From WVU As New O-Coordinator

mrsec-breaking-newsAccording to’s Bruce Feldman, Texas A&M has hired Jake Spavital as the school’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  Spavital has been at West Virginia the past two years as the Mountaineers’ quarterbacks coach.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that Dana (Holgorsen) has given me in my career,” Spavital said.  “And I’m excited to get to A&M and continue with the success that they’ve had.”

Spavital has worked with Geno Smith at WVU and he previously coached Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State.  Now he’ll be able to work with Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel.  Not a bad resume.

Spavital replaces Kliff Kingsbury who took over the head coaching job at Texas Tech this offseason.

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