Johnathan Paul Manziel commonly referred to as "Johnny Football," a nickname given to him by fans and students at Texas A&M before the start of the 2012 season (born December 6, 1992) is an American Football quarterback for the Texas A&M football team.
He was highly recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback with an impressive ability to extend plays. On August 16, 2012, Manziel was named starter for the 2012 Texas A&M Aggies football team. He plays in Kevin Sumlin's Air Raid offense. A&M's first season in the SEC is 2012 and he made his mark in an upset of #1 Alabama.
Manziel was born in Tyler, Texas, to Michelle and Paul Manziel. He has one sister. Out of high school he was noticed for his ability to extend plays and is compared closely to quarterback Michael Vick. In high school he scored on a throwing, rushing, reception, and kickoff return. He was very highly recruited out of high school. He had offers from Texas A&M Aggies, Baylor Bears, Colorado State Rams, Iowa State Cyclones, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks, Rice Owls, Stanford Cardinal, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, and the Wyoming Cowboys.
Coached by Mark Smith at Kerrville Tivy High School … highly-decorated prep player was named a Parade All-American and the National High School Coach Association Football Player of the Year … Named the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year after a spectacular senior season that saw him compile 228-of-347 (65.7%) passing for 3,609 yards with 45 TDs and 5 INTs; 170 carries for 1,674 yards and 30 TD's; 1 TD reception; 1 kickoff return for a TD … as a senior, Manziel earned a variety of honors: District 28-4A MVP (unanimous selection); Class 4A First Team All-State (AP); San Antonio Express-News Offensive 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; Super- Prep All-Region … as a junior, Manziel received All-San Antonio Area Offensive Player of the Year honors and District 27-4A MVP honors after posting 218-of-356 passing for 2,903 yards with 19 TDs and 5 INTs; 242 carries for 1,544 yards and 34 TDs; 5 receptions for 152 yards and 2 TD's …as a sophomore, he had 717 rushing yards and 12 TDs; 59-of-88 passing for 922 yards with 10 TDs and 0 INTs; 19 receptions for 357 yards and 1 TD … chose the Aggies over Oregon and Stanford.
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