It was another win and another outstanding performance for Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The Aggies knocked off Mississippi State in convincing fashion, 38-13, thanks in large part to the arms and legs of Manziel.
While there is still a long way to go this season, it is clear that Manziel is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Alabama junior A.J. McCarron is clearly the class of the conference so far this year, but in 2013, the best quarterback in the SEC will reside in College Station.
So far this season, Manziel has thrown 16 touchdown passes with only six picks, going against some of the toughest defenses in the country. He also has 15 rushing touchdowns on the season along with over 800 yards on the ground.
With a whole offseason to learn and develop, next year will be even better for Manziel and the Aggies offense.
The SEC is certainly filled with talented quarterbacks. Names like McCarron, Tyler Wilson, Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray, Connor Shaw, James Franklin and Jordan Rodgers are all very talented.
With the exception of McCarron, none of those names have been more impressive so far this season than Manziel.
What sets him apart from a lot of the other quarterbacks in the league is his ability to move around and buy time with his feet.
Plenty of SEC quarterbacks in recent years have had similar success with their legs. Names like Tim Tebow and Cam Newton come to mind.
It is not hard to imagine Manziel being talked about in that same conversation as early as next season.
Tebow won a Heisman as a sophomore and Manziel has enough talent to be right there in 2013.
Some will argue that players such as Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and A.J. McCarron will be better than Manziel next season if they come back, but that is not going to be the case.
Manziel is already better than Murray and Bray right now. Murray has struggled mightily in big games throwing a combined four interceptions and only one touchdown against Florida and South Carolina. Those are the only two teams of note Georgia has played all season.
Tyler Bray, on the other hand, has thrown seven picks in three games against Alabama, Florida and Georgia with only four touchdowns. Not good numbers in the big games, as Tennessee is 0-5 in SEC play.
While Manziel has not been perfect against talented teams, he was 23 of 30 with no interceptions and a rushing touchdown against Florida. Not bad numbers for his first career collegiate game.
The 2013 season is still a long way away, but the name Johnny Manziel will be a mainstay in the SEC and across the country over the next few years.
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