Texas A&M Football: Johnny Manziel Makes Case for Aggies' Starting QB Job

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 13, 2012

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Remember that quarterback battle at Texas A&M that was Jameill Showers' to lose after spring practice?

Yeah, things have changed a bit since then.

New Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin stated at his team's media day in early August that only the media had decided on his starting quarterback, and that the battle between primary contenders Showers and Johnny Manziel was ongoing.

"The competition is still wide open," Sumlin told Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com in early August.

He wasn't joking.

Manziel shined in Texas A&M's scrimmage on Saturday, to the tune of 18-of-22, 218 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, six carries, 24 rushing yards and one rushing touchdowns.

His stellar day got better when Sumlin said after the practice that he'd like to name a starter by this weekend at the latest, considering Texas A&M opens on in Shreveport vs. Louisiana Tech two weeks from Thursday.

That's not a bad way for Manziel to set the tone on decision week.

It wasn't just Manziel impressing the coaching staff on Saturday, Matt Joekel also impressed during the scrimmage, making the quarterback picture more muddled than it was when A&M kicked off camp in early August.

It's a good problem to have.

Showers was the presumed starter, but two contenders—particularly Manziel—have emerged as viable options for the Aggie coaching staff. 

The only saying goes, "when you have two quarterbacks, you don't really have any." That doesn't apply for Texas A&M in this situation. The Aggies will be in good hands no matter who emerges as the No. 1 signal-caller.

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