Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

Kevin Sumlin says Manziel's ridiculous pass provided coaching opportunity

Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin. Mandatory Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports

By now you’ve certainly seen the highlight from last week’s classic between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Alabama Crimson Tide of Johnny Manziel scrambling wildly before chucking the ball downfield into a sea of Alabama defenders — a play defying every single “fundamental” a quarterback is ever taught — only to be bailed out thanks to a great catch by receiver Edward Pope. It was one of those plays that only Manziel can get away with, yet Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin wasn’t exactly thrilled when Johnny Football returned to the sidelines.

Said Sumlin:

When he threw it over the middle of the field, I had a little problem with that.


I said, hey look, don’t … don’t do that. And he said it would’ve been as good as punt, which I’ll be honest with you, whether he was telling the truth or not at that point at least he had a response and he was thinking (

It looks like Manziel is as quick on his feet verbally as he is quick on his feet on his feet (don’t overthink it.)

Even though Alabama went on to win the game 49-42, the play will forever be part of the Manziel highlight reel. Ill-advised or not, it exemplified why Manziel is the most exciting player in college football today. Still, I’m sure Sumlin would appreciate a tad fewer of those likely-to-induce-a-heart-attack plays.


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