Man in the Stands

Look out Alabama: Here’s Johnny!

With Johnny Football coming to Tuscaloosa next weekend, there are a few stats that head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama defense should be focused on.

Freshman Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense have been tough customers for many teams this season, not to mention giving LSU a scare in week eight.

On Saturday, the Aggies enjoyed a big 38-13 win over Mississippi State. That game saw Manziel throw for 311 yards (32-39) and run for 129 yards with two touchdowns.

The team averages over 45 points and 540 yards-per-game. Their passing attack has been good enough to see more than 305 yards-per-game and 17 touchdowns this season. Their rushing game has amounted to almost 240 yards-per-game and 27 touchdowns through their first 8 games.

Averaging nearly 39 pass attempts comes with its consequences, including seven interceptions and 16 sacks given up this season. This is where the Tide must take advantage.

Averaging 2.5 sacks-per-game in their first eight, the Tide have to pressure and contain Manziel to make someone else beat them. If they allow him time to stay in the pocket, he’ll pick them apart if the secondary plays the same way it played against Zach Mettenberger and LSU on Saturday night.

Saban’s crew will also have to respect the run game of Texas A&M, especially since they average more than four times the yards that Alabama gives up per game.

I would love to see this kid be the one to take down the almighty Alabama from the pedestal that college football allows them to sit on. I’m ready for the SEC streak of BCS titles to end. I mainly wrote this out of excitement to see what Johnny Manziel can walk into Tuscaloosa and do to the vulnerable defense that was exhibited on Saturday. To A&M: Gig Em!

I realize that Manziel and the Aggies’ numbers are all based off of past games and none of which, except maybe LSU, have been at the level of competition that Alabama will present them with, but Johnny Football is magical, folks. He is an athlete and a playmaker and he’s played his part well all season. There’s reason for concern in that Alabama defense and, after what we witnessed against the Tigers, I really hope he takes advantage.


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