How's Manziel faring so far? 

September, 19, 2013
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Last December, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel was the first freshman to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. Since then no player in college football has been in the spotlight or been talked about more than Manziel.

This was mostly of his own doing not only with him being in the post-Heisman limelight but also because he had a long timeline of questionable decisions and incidents during the offseason, which included leaving the Manning passing camp early to allegations that he received money from brokers in exchange for his autograph. These distractions eventually leaked into the regular season, when Manziel was suspended for the first half of the opener against Rice and eventually benched by head coach Kevin Sumlin after drawing a dead ball personal foul for taunting.

Last Saturday, Manziel was under the microscope when he faced his first real test of the season against No. 1 Alabama, a game that had been highly anticipated since last November when Manziel handed the eventual national champions their only loss of the year. Despite dealing with all of the distractions, Manziel passed with flying colors. Although he had two interceptions, with one being returned for a touchdown, Manziel finished the game with 562 total yards of offense, including a career-high 464 yards passing and five touchdown passes.