Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

LSU head coach Les Miles sees a different Johnny Manziel than the one he beat last year

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has only lost four games in two seasons of collegiate play. One of those losses was early on in the 2012 campaign to Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.

This Saturday, Manziel will have the chance to avenge that loss when he and the Aggies take on the Tigers in a great, late-season SEC match up.

But this time around, Miles sees a much more polished–especially in the passing game– Manziel than the one he was able to shut down last year, which could make going 2-0 against the most polarizing figure in the history of college football a little more difficult:

“The Heisman Trophy winner from last year, Johnny Manziel, is bigger, faster, stronger,” said Miles, according to’s transcription of his Monday news conference. “He’s thrown for 3,300 yards, 31 touchdowns. I see him as a much more complete quarterback, a very good player. If there’s a better player in college football, I’d like to know who he is.”


“I think a year ago he was a runner. I think this year he’s a much more capable quarterback. I think he steps back in there, understands what to expect, and seems to be stronger in the ability to throw it,” Miles said.

There’s no doubt that Miles and defensive coordinator John Chavis have their work cut out for them this time around. They’ve also struggled against the pass with a young secondary, so Manziel and his dynamic wide receiving corps may get that revenge that they’re seeking.

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