September 26th, 2013 09:41 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Texas A&M
Tags: Case Keenum, Year Four, Year Three, Year Two
Yesterday, we compared the 2013 Johnny Manziel to the 2012 Manziel. The results were favorable for the A&M signal-caller.
Also yesterday, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin weighed in on his quarterback’s improvement and continued development. He’s still just a redshirt sophomore, after all:
“His knowledge of the system in Year Two is and should be better than it was last year. To think conceptually instead of just route-wise or one thing at a time has been the biggest challenge. That’s the biggest challenge for anybody. I think you’ve seen that with a lot of the players that were just playing their position last year. They understand the offense. They understand the route concepts. In order to do that, you’ve got to understand what the defense is doing because of the changes in the route based on what you see. You’ve got to start thinking like a coach.
I was very pleased with some of the things (Manziel) did out there last Saturday. We’re not where we were with Case Keenum, but he was a sixth-year guy. Johnny’s getting there. He made some progressions on Saturday night. I like the direction that we’re headed as a team from a communication standpoint. That comes with experience.”
No one has ever questioned Manziel’s talent. His off-field decision-making has been hashed and rehashed, but his skills with a football in his hand and turf beneath his feet are exceptional. Which begs the question: From purely a football perspective, how good might Manziel become if he actually stayed in College Station for Year Three and Year Four?
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