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August 31, 2013
30 in 30: Manziel tops the list
Johnny Manziel.For the second consecutive year, AggieYell.com is marking the progress towards the start of fall camp with its 30 players in 30 days feature on the most important players to Texas A&M's success in 2013. The list ends with number 1,
Classification: Redshirt sophomore
Height/Weight: 6'1", 210
2012 Statistics: 201 carries for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing; 295-434 for 3,706 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INT passing; First team Freshman All-American, First team All-American, O'Brien Award winner, Manning Award winner, Heisman Trophy winner
Why he's tops on the list: How could he not be? Manziel helped the Aggies not only become an immediate force in the SEC and a nationally recognized program, he was the first Aggie to win the Heisman in 55 years and became the most recognizable player in college football since ... well, maybe ever.
After a long and very eventful offseason that culminated in a half-game suspension for signing too many autographs, Manziel returns to lead a team with national championship aspirations. In order for that to occur, Johnny Football will have to make a return appearance. With his ability to make plays with his feet and improvise like no other player in the game while in the pocket, Manziel remains almost impossible to stop. But he will be even under more pressure this year than he was down the stretch last season, when the Heisman hype was all-consuming. He is in the spotlight no matter what he does, and every opponent A&M has will be gunning to stop him. Add on that he'll have to assume a greater leadership role with a younger football team, and it's plain that a lot will be expected of him.
But, if there's one player who has no trouble with meeting expectations and surpassing them, it's Johnny Manziel. Another year like last season and he will not only be an Aggie legend, he could well be remembered as the greatest college football player of all time.