Oklahoma football: Sooners need to find their own Johnny Football

COMMENTARY — After the way Johnny Manziel ran away from Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, the Sooners should be thankful that he's now the SEC's problem. The experience was also enough to make Stoops and Co. want a quarterback as much like Manziel as they can find.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 5, 2013

But in the third quarter, the pass coverage slipped — not by design, Stoops said — and Johnny Football started acing his throws. He completed 11 of 13 on A&M's three third-quarter possessions.

The result: touchdown drives of 91, 89 and 71 yards, and a 14-13 game at halftime became a 34-13 rout.

“Johnny Manziel is everything he was billed to be,” Stoops said. “It's hard. If you got an angle on him, he stops, goes the other way. If you don't, he outruns you. All the changes of direction is tough to deal with in the open field.”

Manziel's final numbers were epic: 22 of 34 passing for 287 yards, plus 229 yards rushing.

“Embarrassing,” King said, but he's wrong about that. It's never embarrassing to get beat by a better ballplayer. Exasperating, but not embarrassing. Revelating, but not embarrassing.

“He is the best in the game,” King said. “He's able to do so much. He gets himself out of so many situations. He makes you attack him. If you miss, he's going to get away.”

It's the old schoolyard game, Tackle the Man With the Ball, where the quick guys dominate because no one can lay a hand on them. Except this sandlot whiz can throw a mean pass, too.

Johnny Football is the real deal. No one can doubt that Heisman now. Like Griffin before him, that's a trophy well-earned.

Now the Sooners want to find someone like Manziel, if that's possible. And if it's not, well, at least he's someone else's problem now.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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