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Can Johnny Manziel be stopped?

Updated: March 6, 2013, 3:34 PM ET
By Travis Haney

Given the attention donated in the past couple of months to his social calendar, it's quite possible that we've started to forget about the sort of season Johnny Manziel had for the Texas A&M Aggies in 2012.

You know, the one in which he averaged nearly 400 total yards a game and accounted for 47 touchdowns on the way to becoming the first freshman Heisman winner.

One small slice of the population, however, has not lost sight of Manziel's historic level of production -- because they're working to prevent it from happening again. And can you blame SEC defensive coordinators for their motivation? It's only their livelihoods on the line.

"People are going to have a better plan for him," one SEC defensive assistant told me this week.

Yes, the cat-and-mouse game that Manziel initiated as a first-year starter is entering its second season. Catch him if you can.

"Those tempo teams, the thing not many people realize is they want to run the ball. They want to spread you out all over the field and run it," the SEC assistant said. "If you've got Johnny Manziel in the backfield and there's one back, it really becomes two backs.

"He's always a constant threat for the run game, the designed runs and the plays he just makes with his feet."

There are no secrets now about Manziel, though Florida -- one of two losses for A&M and its QB -- was the only team that was truly caught flat-footed, since it was his college debut.

So how will defenses go about corralling him now that the so-called "book" is readily available?

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