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Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will predictably be unpredictable

All the spoils that go with winning the Heisman might not sidetrack Manziel like it has so many others before him.
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 30, 2012

Some of it has raised eyebrows — and NCAA suspicions. But everything has checked out. No rules violations here.

“I didn't do anything wrong,” Manziel said. “I did the same thing I've always done for years. I've been going to football games, been going to basketball games.

“Now ... people care. People didn't notice me before. Now, they seem me there and act like this is the first time I've done this. But in reality, I've been doing it for a while.”

Manziel has been trying to take it all of this in stride, but he admits that everything that's happened has been a bit hard to comprehend.

“It's different for me to know things won't ever be the same,” he said. “I can say that, ‘Oh, it's gonna be normal. It's gonna be how it used to be,' but it's not.”

But for all that's changed for Manziel off the field, little has changed on it.

For starters, he has missed only one practice because of Heisman-related craziness. He has been in the meetings. He has watched the film. He has taken the reps.

That will help him avoid a post-Heisman swoon.

So will his style.

His game is not predicated on being in rhythm. He is such a non-traditional, dual-threat quarterback that he doesn't have to settle into a grove to be effective. He can take off, make a move, juke a defender and totally change the complexion of a game.

His excellence is based in his unpredictability.

Who knows, Manziel might actually thrive amid all this Heisman madness.

The Beard, the King and the Jonas Brothers won't help him beat the Sooners, but they won't hurt him either.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at, follow her at or view her personality page at

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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