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David King sick of ‘Johnny Football’ hype

by Jason Kersey Published: December 18, 2012
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy. AP PHOTO
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy. AP PHOTO
NORMAN — Oklahoma faces the enormously difficult task of defending Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, in a few short weeks.

Senior defensive end David King said he’s excited for the matchup, and that the hype surrounding Manziel — nicknamed “Johnny Football” — is extra motivation.

“We have to sit around here for a month and watch ESPN and all they talk about is ‘Johnny Football,’ or ‘Johnny Heisman,’ or whatever they call him now,” King said. “We sit around and we get tired of watching it. The whole national media is scrutinizing our defense and that we can’t stop the run. We’re underdogs in this game. We have a lot to prove and, on January 4, we’ll be ready to play.”

King was later asked if he’s sick of hearing Manziel’s catchy nickname.

“I’m sure everybody is tired of hearing it,” he said. “You can’t do anything about it until after it’s over or he’s done playing football. It’s going to be with him forever.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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