Johnson, Kingsbury are fans of Manziel

Johnson, Kingsbury are fans of Manziel
February 12, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates a touchdown against the SMU Mustangs at Kyle Field.

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Johnny Manziel might end up being the No. 1 draft pick for the Texans this spring. And Manziel already has one fan on the team.

“They don’t call him Johnny Football for nothing,” Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson said on Wednesday morning.

Johnny Manziel sits atop many mock drafts. The Texans own that first-overall pick and are in need of a quarterback. That means there is a chance Manziel could be throwing passes to Johnson next season.

“He’s an exciting player to watch and I enjoyed watching him in college,” Johnson said.

Some draft experts list Manziel’s character as a possible issue at the next level. Johnson thinks the former Heisman Trophy winner is focused on one thing.

“I think he’s a great player,” Johnson said. “I’ve had a chance to meet him; he seems like a good kid and very into football.”

The Texans' Pro Bowl receiver isn’t the only one that has been giving praise to Manziel.

“When he’s on that football field I see him do things I’ve never seen done before,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury told CSN Houston while he was in town for a recruiting banquet.

Kingsbury was Manziel’s offensive coordinator at Texas A&M during the 2012 season. The same year Manziel won the Heisman Trophy and the Aggies led the SEC in rushing, passing, total and scoring offense. He compared Manziel to Russell Wilson and saw first-hand that Manziel’s size wasn’t an issue while dominating the best conference in college football.

“I think you watched a few weeks ago with Russell Wilson and the size and everything,” Kingsbury said. “Johnny’s probably 6-foot but he’s the most phenomenal player I’ve ever seen.”

Kingsbury believes that Manziel is the greatest college player he’s ever seen. But he doesn’t think it stops there for Manziel. If handled correctly, Kingsbury thinks Manziel can shine in the NFL.

“I think it’ll translate,” Kingsbury said. “Where ever he goes I think somebody will make the system around him and let him use his talents to allow him to be the best player he needs to be.”

Kingsbury used the example of several young quarterbacks that have been relatively successful to show that if used correctly Manziel can be amazing.

“I think you’ve seen with Cam Newton, RG3, with Russell Wilson people are going that way then the other way around,” he said. “If they just let him be the athlete he is and the quarterback he is, he’s going to be special.”

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