How OU can slow down Manziel

Johnny Football's numbers versus top defenses show flaws in his game

Originally Published: January 4, 2013
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Johnny ManzielThomas Campbell/US PresswireOklahoma would be wise to take note of how LSU defended Johnny Manziel earlier this season.

Were it not for the BCS title tilt between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide, the biggest story of the 2012 college football season would be Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Manziel certainly had many achievements that led to his Heisman victory. He set the SEC record for total offense in a game on two occasions, broke former Heisman winner Cam Newton's SEC record for total offense in a season and was the first player in FBS history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game three times in his career.

When a player showcases that kind of talent, it certainly seems like a daunting task to stop him, yet a closer examination of the metrics and game tapes indicates there is a blueprint the Oklahoma Sooners can use to keep the wraps on Manziel in the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl.

The blueprint starts with the idea that Manziel isn't anywhere nearly as great as the above numbers and his Heisman Trophy indicate.


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