Manziel's Dual Talents Big For Aggies, Not A Surprise To Those That Know Him Best

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COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Texas A&M has played different styles of football over the years. Mike Sherman was a 'hurry-up' guy. R.C. Slocum didn't have a problem running it right at ya. Kevin Sumlin brings a 'wide open' attack led by Johnny football.

Johnny Manziel has turned out to be quite the buzz among Aggie football fans, and it's easy to see why.

The Red-Shirt Freshman rolled up over 400 yards of total offense and accounted for six touchdowns last Saturday against SMU.

What makes Manziel dangerous to defend is his ability to keep plays alive with his feet. With three rushing touchdowns on the season he has a knack to find a seam and make his way to the end zone.

When Manziel leaves the pocket, pass defenders can't be quick to leave their assignments, because Johnny's getting better at looking down field for open receivers.

"You just have to stay moving at all times," says A&M Wide Receiver Ryan Swope. "With Johnny Manziel back there - there is no telling what the kid will do. He's an exciting football player and for him to keep a play going for as long as he does, it's going to be a good year for receivers down the field."

While Manziel heroics on the football field may be a new experience for A&M fans. It's 'old hat' to some - including his high school coach Mark Smith.

"Looks like a lot of the same things I saw at Tivy High School," says Smith. "Johnny is really a phenomenal kid and he does some great things and no doubt I even saw him mature a little big from the Florida game to this game. He did some things a little differently. I thought at times he sat in the pocket a little longer. You can see the progression that he's making. To me the things he's doing doesn't surprise me a bit."

KBTX Media will have more from some of those more familiar with Johnny Manziel during Aggie Game Day presented by Pizza and Texas Regional Eye Center.

The show kicks off Saturday afternoon at 4pm on CW-8 live from the Aggie Fan Zone.

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