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.”