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Video: Auburn-Texas A&M preview

October, 18, 2013

Auburn faces the daunting task of trying to slow down Johnny Manziel when the Tigers face Texas A&M on Saturday.

ESPN preseason rankings: No. 5 Texas A&M

August, 9, 2013

ESPN continues its preseason college football power rankings with the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies.

What's Johnny Football up to these days?

January, 25, 2013

Dude Perfect's Tyler Toney joins Galloway & Company to discuss having Johnny Manziel as part of their latest trick shot video.

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Is there anything that Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel -- aka Johnny Football -- can't do? The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner joined the guys from Dude Perfect for a little trick-shot artistry at Kyle Field in College Station.

The results speak for themselves.

One word: Wow.

But would you expect anything less from Johnny Manziel?

Humility will be Manziel's new best friend

January, 11, 2013
Johnny Manziel has just about everything in life these days. He has the fame, the glory, the records and the accolades. The Texas A&M quarterback truly is living an All-American lifestyle.

Ben and Skin discuss what's up on Twitter, including Johnny Football and the star of the BCS national title game.

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But with all that fun stuff comes pressure, scrutiny, cameras and social media. So far, the Heisman Trophy winner has done a good job of keeping things together away from the playing field, but he's learning that every thing he does -- big or small -- will now be documented.

If the country's top football player is going to continue the historic run he's on, he'll have to bring some humility into his life and make sure that the fun he's having away from the field doesn't consume him. His record-breaking performance in the the Aggies' 41-13 win against Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl shows that he knows how to put off-field fun behind him when it's game time, but the offseason is here, and Manziel won't be suiting up for another real game until Sept. 7. Downtime worries any coach, no matter what players are involved ... and Johnny Football is a target.

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AP Photo/Patric SchneiderAggies QB Johnny Manziel says he needs to learn from some of his previous off-field mistakes.
We'd already seen that his taste in a Halloween costume was very popular in the social media world, but then we saw him sitting courtside for the Mavericks-Heat game. Then he was showing off a handful of cash at a casino the day after the Cotton Bowl. Then TMZ posted a photo of Manziel, who is 20, holding a champagne bottle at a Dallas club hours after A&M beat the Sooners. TMZ also reported that Manziel was with his mom, which made it legal for him to drink, but a club manager said that no one saw Manziel drinking.

Technically, Manziel hasn't done anything wrong. His celebrity status has had his off-field fun blown out of proportion, but there's an enormous bull's-eye on Manziel's back, and people will be looking for the first misstep he takes. It's unfortunate, but such is the life of any celebrity these days. Just ask Tim Tebow.

"I don't really pay attention to that stuff as much as some people do," said Manziel during a conference call this week. "I've got to learn from it and move on, and make sure I don't make some of the same mistakes again as far as the stuff I've been doing."

One of the major mistakes he's talking about is when he was arrested last summer after police say he was involved in a fight and had a fake ID. Manziel -- and his team -- can't afford another incident like that, so Manziel just has to be careful.

No one is asking him to tone down his lifestyle, but as the time away from football continues, Manziel has to look out for himself more. He has to know that he isn't invincible. Cameras will be after him and Twitter will be waiting for him. Manziel has only teased social media to this point, but you better believe it's waiting for the day he slips up.

It's the world that we live, and as long as Manziel understands that, he'll be fine. But he can't be too careful.

Johnny Manziel already putting on a show

January, 4, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies wanted to get the ball in Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel's hands as soon as possible, taking the ball after they won the toss.

It took Johnny Football just 2 minutes, 39 seconds to engineer a 75-yard TD drive to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead. It was capped by a 23-yard touchdown run that involved impressive athletic ability to stay in bounds, tight-roping down the sidelines.

When Manziel's run was showed on the big screen as the officials looked at it, the Aggie fans let out a huge cheer as it was clear Manziel didn't step out of bounds. Manziel had 52 yards rushing and four yards passing on the drive.

The Aggies have now scored on their first possession in 18 straight games.

Some facts about SEC vs. Big 12 in Cotton Bowl

January, 4, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- This is the 15th straight meeting in the current Cotton Bowl format of the Big 12 vs. SEC. And in this current series, the SEC is 9-5.

That includes wins in eight of the last nine Cotton Bowl matchups for the SEC, starting in 2004. Only Missouri's win over Arkansas in 2008 kept the SEC from winning all of the last nine.

Other notes:

* If you consider current Big 12 teams, the last one to win the Cotton Bowl was Texas in 2003. The Longhorns beat LSU, 35-20.

* Oklahoma has only played in one Cotton Bowl before tonight. That was in 2002, when the Sooners beat Arkansas, 10-3. The OU defense was solid, allowing Arkansas to reach Sooner territory twice the entire game. Oklahoma held Arkansas to just 50 yards in total offense (37 rushing yards, 13 passing yards).

* Texas A&M has played in 12 Cotton Bowls, the last one coming in 2011 in a loss to LSU. The Aggies own a 4-8-0 record in the Cotton Bowl. Their last win was over Notre Dame in 1988.

A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Johnny Manziel

December, 21, 2012
ESPN Dallas' Ian Fitzsimmons talks with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin about Johnny Manziel, the Cotton Bowl and the Aggies' first season in the SEC.

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Johnny Manziel talks about Heisman win

December, 8, 2012

Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel sits down with Chris Fowler after winning the Heisman Trophy Award.

Does Johnny Manziel have a shot at the Heisman?

November, 12, 2012

Does Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel have a shot to win the Heisman as a freshman?

One Good Thing -- Texas A&M

November, 12, 2012

Texas A&M is this week's One Good Thing in the SEC.

How Texas A&M can take advantage of Alabama defense

November, 9, 2012

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No. 15 Texas A&M and freshman QB Johnny Manziel (left) head to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 1 Alabama and AJ McCarron (right).
The game of the week in college football takes place at 3:30 on Saturday, when No. 15 Texas A&M visits No. 1 Alabama. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will be the sixth AP No. 1 team to face an AP top-15 team in three consecutive regular season games. Three of the previous five won each game in that stretch.

Kevin Sumlin’s teams have won 11 straight road games, including all five this season (Houston went 6-0 on the road under Sumlin last season). This marks the first time since 1977 that Texas A&M has won as many as five road games in a single season.

LSU exposed some weaknesses in Alabama last week by putting up 435 yards of total offense, including 139 on the ground, snapping a streak of 11 straight games that Alabama held FBS opponents under 100 yards rushing.

Can Texas A&M and freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel follow suit? The Aggies are 10th nationally in rushing offense and fifth in total offense. A&M has totaled 713 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground the past two weeks.

Manziel is second in the country in total offense and has four games with 100 yards rushing and 200 yards passing, including last week against previously unbeaten Mississippi State.

He’s been phenomenal all year on third downs of five yards or longer -- he's the only player in FBS averaging 10 yards per rush AND 10 yards per pass attempt in those situations, and his 11 touchdowns responsible for in those situations are three more than any other FBS player.

Manziel has gained 634 of his SEC-leading 922 rushing yards on scrambles, which is 182 more than Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller and Collin Klein have combined. Manziel has scrambled for 28 first downs this season, including 18 of them on third down.

However, in A&M's seven wins, the best defense it faced (according to total yards per game) was Mississippi State (48th in FBS). In two losses, it faced LSU (3rd) and Florida (5th), and Manziel wasn't nearly as effective. Not good news considering Alabama is 2nd nationally.

On the other side, Alabama QB AJ McCarron still hasn’t thrown an interception this season. He’s up to 204 pass attempts this season, and 289 dating to last season, without throwing a pick.

Since 2000 he’s the only player in FBS with 25 career touchdown passes and as few as five interceptions -- he’s got 38 touchdowns and just five picks.

McCarron is completing more than 60 percent of his passes thrown at least 25 yards downfield this season, a huge increase over last season. Play-action has been the key -- he’s completing nearly 78 percent of his deep throws off play-action this season, including all four of his touchdowns.

Bear Bryant was A&M’s coach from 1954-57 before moving on to a legendary career as Alabama’s coach from 1958-82.

Texas A&M preps for No. 1 Alabama

November, 6, 2012

Kirk Herbstreit previews Texas A&M at Alabama on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
This week, ESPN.com is breaking down the nonconference schedules of each and every team in a dozen of nation's top leagues.


Next-toughest: at Utah (Dec. 18), Cable Car Classic (Dec. 21-22), Wyoming (Jan. 2)
The rest: Loyola Marymount (Nov. 11), at TCU (Nov. 15), at Texas State (Nov. 17), Alcorn State (Nov. 19), Rider (Nov. 21), Hoops For Hope Classic (Nov. 24-25), at Hofstra (Dec. 1), at Rhode Island (Dec. 15), Furman (Dec. 30)
Toughness scale (1-10): 2 -- Southern Methodist had a huge offseason, hiring the legendary Larry Brown and a coterie of well-respected assistants. In a year, it will join the Big East. Big things are happening. If you didn't know any better, though, this schedule could convince you otherwise. It is awful.
-- Eamonn Brennan


Toughest: CBE Classic (Nov. 19-20 in Kansas City)
Next-toughest: vs. Oklahoma (Dec. 15 in Oklahoma City), at Houston (Dec. 1)
The rest: Louisiana Tech (Nov. 9), Troy (Nov. 12), Prairie View A&M (Nov. 15), Northwestern State (Nov. 26), Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 5), Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (Dec. 18), Southern (Dec. 22), Army (Dec. 29), Houston Baptist (Jan. 4)
Toughness scale (1-10): 4 -- The Aggies could have a tough SEC debut after losing so much talent from last season (see Khris Middleton and Dash Harris). This slate features enough of a cakewalk to build their confidence prior to conference play, although the CBE opener against Saint Louis is top-notch and either Kansas or Washington State awaits.
-- Myron Medcalf

SMU adding 3,500 seats for Texas A&M game

August, 29, 2012
SMU announced plans to install 3,500 seats at Ford Stadium to accommodate the ticket demand for the Sept. 15 game against Texas A&M.

Tickets for the game are available by calling 214-768-4263 or at Ticketmaster.

Installation of the extra seats is scheduled to begin Sept. 9, the day after the Mustangs' home opener against Stephen F. Austin. SMU's season opener is Sunday at Baylor.

On the Mark: Sizing up the Big 12

August, 27, 2012

After another offseason that was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons, the 2012 college football season is finally here. And so it another season of On The Mark.

You might need a map to follow the action, which starts with 17 games Thursday night. Missouri and Texas A&M are playing in the SEC; and TCU and West Virginia are members of the Big 12 (which still has only 10 teams).

A snippet of Mark's Big 12 predictions:
A Texas quarterback will throw for more than 10 touchdowns in a season, something the Longhorns haven't done since Colt McCoy threw 27 in 2009. Sophomore David Ash won the starting job in preseason camp, and coach Mack Brown will stick with him as he leads the Longhorns to a 9-3 record in the regular season.

For more predictions for the 2012 college football season, click here.