Monday, November 26, 2012

Johnny Manziel finally speaks to the media.

Johnny Manziel speaking to the media via teleconference. Via The Dallas Morning News.

Texas A&M finally took the muzzle off of its starting quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel today. Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin had kept Manziel away from media all season due to his policy of not letting freshman speak to the media. The school lifted the cone of silence around Manziel on Monday with an one hour teleconference with the media today.

"This season has been incredibly surreal and beyond my wildest imagination," said Manziel, who's accounted for 43 touchdowns and broke Cam Newton's SEC record for total offense in a season with 4,600 yards.

"But it's a true testament to how this team has grown each and every week, because without those guys, my individual success wouldn't mean anything."

The first question involved that ubiquitous "Johnny Football" name, which Manziel thinks is "funny."

Manziel on the being a candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

"It's something you dream about, sitting there creating all these video games when you're a kid and putting up crazy numbers," Manziel said. "It's something you can only sit back and dream about. It's the biggest award in college football."

On his family's relationship with Texas A&M's only Heisman winner, John Davis Crow.

"My dad goes down and talks to him every game a little bit," Manziel said. "I haven't gotten a chance to talk to him that much. But if I am fortunate enough to win the Heisman Trophy, bringing it back to Aggieland would be an incredible honor and something I would never forget."

On the cone of silence surrounding Manziel and other freshman during the season.

 “Coach Sumlin knows what’s best for me and the whole team.”

(via The Dallas Morning News, ESPN)