Johnny Manziel: Future Is Bright for Aggies with Dynamic Dual-Threat QB

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2012

Nov 03, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) advances the ball for extra yardage during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium.   Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–US PRESSWIRE
Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Johnny Manziel is among the nation's most exciting players, and he proves it week after week.

The dynamic dual-threat quarterback dominates defenses, stringing together big gains with his arm and legs. He's fearless, and no moment seems too big for him when it comes to making a breathtaking play.

Saturday's performance against Mississippi State was another positive step. No. 16 Texas A&M defeated No. 15 Mississippi State handily due in large part part to Manziel's 336 passing yards, 129 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Of all the plays made by Manziel, his 37-yard touchdown run in the second quarter stole the show. Not only did he flash the speed that makes him so difficult to stop in the open field, but he also showcased his flawless open-field vision. He also had this run, with a little help from wide receiver Ryan Swope:

Manziel's game on Saturday was his crowning moment. Mississippi State entered the game as the 15th-ranked scoring defense, and his Aggies hung 38 points on the Bulldogs like nothing. He protected the ball, went 30-of-36 and played like a veteran behind center.

That hasn't always been the case this season, as he does have six interceptions on the year. But that's to be expected from a young first-year starter; he's going to take his lumps. However, that doesn't take away from what he's going to do for this team in the long run.

In the SEC, Texas A&M will face a higher level of defense than it ever did in the Big 12. Making plays on the offensive side is incredibly important, and only the best athletes can make that happen. Manziel's penchant for the big play isn't going to change. He just has that "it" factor.

The Aggies aren't LSU or Alabama in terms of recruiting, but guys like running back Ben Malena and freshman receiver Mike Evans will make Manziel's job easier. Adding Ricky Seals-Jones, the nation's No. 1 receiving prospect, would help as well.

The future is bright for Texas A&M. It still faces an uphill battle against the SEC's powerhouse squads, but with Manziel behind center, this team isn't going anywhere. He's a gamer. He plays well in big-game atmospheres, and, most importantly, he's still learning.

There are a ton of players who are must-watch talents this season, but few match "Johnny Football's" exciting style of play. He's a threat to go the distance anytime he touches the ball, and the rock is always in his hands.