Hmmm. The mind is formulating a familiar image. It’s coming into focus. It’s … Johnny Manziel?
The reigning Heisman winner, first freshman winner and arguably most exciting player in college football?
It’s more accurate to place Manziel on the stock-dropping list. SEC coaches did Thursday, listing the Texas A&M scrambler second-team preseason All-SEC. Georgia’s Aaron Murray was the first-team pick.
Off-field issues since the 2012 season have become Manziel’s signature, and there’s an on-going NCAA probe over whether he got paid for signatures.
Assuming Manziel plays this season, one senses SEC coaches see a kid not prepared to wear his success. They see Manziel’s stock dropping like another shoe … which could bode well for his odds to become the first repeat Heisman winner since Archie Griffin.
Hey, a freshman couldn’t win until Manziel did. A player under a dark NCAA cloud wasn’t supposed to win, but Cam Newton did.
Neither was high on anyone’s Heisman list in preseason. Meanwhile, guys like Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley stack up the missing Heismans.
It seems only Heisman favorites can’t win them these days, and Manziel has relieved himself of that burden.
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