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Johnny Manziel timeline: From Tivy to the Heisman race

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Fri Dec 7, 2012.

Dec. 13, 2008

Johnny Manziel's sophomore season at Kerrville Tivy High School ends in a 31-28 loss to Dayton in the Class 4A-Division 2 semifinals in Georgetown. For the season, he rushed for 835 yards on 123 carries with 15 touchdowns. He was 74-of-120 passing for 1,109 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Tivy went 12-3.

Dec. 12, 2009

Manziel's junior season ends with a 31-21 loss to Brenham in the Class 4A-Division 2 semifinals in Georgetown. For the season, he rushed for 1,529 yards on 232 carries with 33 touchdowns for 9-5 Tivy. He was 211-of-349 passing for 2,782 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had five pass receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He was the San Antonio Express-News' offensive player of the year and the paper's athlete of the year.

Late 2009/early 2010

Manziel was being recruited by some schools as a wide receiver or defensive back. "I don't want to be known as a running quarterback who can pass," he told the Express-News. "I want to be known as a passing quarterback who can run."

June 27, 2010

Manziel visits Stanford and Oregon on a recruiting trip. Ducks coach Chip Kelly offers a scholarship, and Manziel makes an oral pledge to attend. Manziel says he'd consider playing baseball for the Ducks.

Aug. 30, 2010

Texas A&M offers Manziel a scholarship to play quarterback.

Sept. 3, 2010

Manziel completes 41 of 75 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns in a 39-34 victory over San Antonio Madison. A&M assistants Tom Rossley and Dat Nguyen are in attendance. The 75 attempts were a state record.

Sept. 4-5, 2010

Manziel makes an unofficial visit to A&M, watching a 48-7 victory over Stephen F. Austin at Kyle Field.

Sept. 11-12, 2010

Manziel and his parents make an unofficial visit to A&M and watch a 48-16 victory over Louisiana Tech. A&M head coach Mike Sherman spends 90 minutes with Manziel after the game.

Sept. 18-19, 2010

Manziel makes another unofficial visit to A&M and sees the Aggies hold off Florida International, 27-20.

Sept. 20, 2010

Manziel pledges to A&M, saying he also may play baseball for the Aggies. "I think it's a great fit," Manziel told the San Antonio Express-News. "The comfort level at A&M was great. On a scale of 1 to 10, it was probably an 11. I couldn't have gotten more comfortable with the coaches, players and everybody else the past three weeks. I'm excited about this opportunity and feel very blessed."

Nov. 5, 2010

Manziel makes his official visit to A&M.

Nov. 19, 2010

Manziel's senior season at Tivy ends with a 48-42 loss to Lake Travis at Hero Stadium in San Antonio in the Class 4A-Division I second round of the playoffs. For the season, Manziel completed 228 of 347 passes for 3,609 yards, 45 touchdowns and five interceptions. He rushed for 1,695 yards on 171 carries with 30 touchdowns. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown and had an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Tivy went 10-2.

Jan. 18, 2011

After graduating from high school a half year early, Manziel enrolls at A&M along with linebacker Donnie Baggs and offensive lineman Joseph Cheek. Manziel is redshirted for the 2011 season, meaning he'll have four years of eligiblity left. Senior Ryan Tannehill's backup is redshirt freshman Jameill Showers, who appears in four games, attempting five passes and nine carries.

April 28, 2012

In the Maroon & White Game, Manziel completes 13 of 27 passes for 154 yards with a touchdown and interception. Manziel ends his first drive with a 63-yard touchdown to Ryan Swope.

June 28, 2012

Manziel is arrested early in the morning after police said he was fighting. A police report states that his friend aimed a racial slur at a Northgate patron and a fight broke out. The disorderly conduct by fighting charge is a Class C misdemeanor and is pending in College Station Municipal Court. Class B misdemeanor charges of failure to identify and using a fake driver's license are pending in county court. Cases are set for January. Manziel comments on the arrest in a November press conference, saying, "It was something that was a critical mistake in my life and something that I had to learn a lot from. It's something that had its consequences with coach Sumlin, with my teammates and with everybody here in Aggieland."

Aug. 15, 2012

Manziel is named A&M's starting quarterback over Showers. "Johnny has performed the best at this stage, and we will proceed until the season opener with him getting the first-team reps," A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said in a press release. "My policy is simple really: The best player plays."

Sept. 8, 2012

Manziel in his first start leads A&M to a 17-10 halftime lead over Florida, but the Gators rally for a 20-17 victory. Manziel goes 23-of-30 passing for 173 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He rushes for 60 yards on 17 carries with an 11-yard touchdown. Manziel was the first freshman quarterback to start A&M's season opener since 1944.

Sept. 15, 2012

Manziel accounts for 418 yards, a school record for a freshman, in a 48-3 victory over SMU. Manziel is 20-of-36 passing for 294 yards with four touchdowns and adds 124 yards rushing on 13 carries with touchdown runs of 15 and 48 yards.

Sept. 19, 2012

Manziel tweets that he rescued a kitten from the middle of Wellborn Road.

Sept. 29, 2012

Manziel throws for a school-record 453 yards and three touchdowns in a 58-10 victory over Arkansas at Kyle Field. Manziel rushes for 104 yards on 14 carries with a 6-yard touchdown run. His 557 total yards sets an SEC record, eclipsing 540 set by Ole Miss' Archie Manning in 1969 and equaled by LSU's Rohan Davey in 2001.

Oct. 13, 2012

Manziel accounts for six touchdowns in a 59-57 victory over Louisiana Tech. He has 181 yards rushing on 19 carries, including touchdown runs of 2, 15 and 72 yards. He is 24-of-40 passing for 395 yards and three scores with an interception.

Oct. 20, 2012

Manziel, the SEC's leading rusher, is held to 27 yards on 17 carries in a 24-19 loss to LSU. He gets sacked three times and throws three interceptions. He completes 29 of 56 passes for 276 yards, but no touchdowns.

Oct. 31, 2012

Manziel dresses up as Scooby Doo for Halloween, and assorted photos become an instant hit on the Internet.

Nov. 3, 2012

After running for a touchdown in a 38-13 victory at Mississippi State, Manziel strikes a Superman pose, which draws a 15-yard penalty. Manziel later says that one of the players he admires is former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who often strikes the Superman pose after scoring.

Nov. 10, 2012

Manziel's elusiveness helps the 15th-ranked Aggies knock off top-ranked Alabama 29-24. Manziel rushes for 92 yards on 18 carries and is 24-of-31 passing for 253 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the second time in school history that A&M defeats a No. 1 team (Oklahoma, 2002). The win lifts A&M from 15th in the BCS standings to eighth.

Nov. 16, 2012

A&M's athletic department launches featuring Manziel, saying it isn't a campaign for the Heisman Trophy but rather a source of information for fans and the media.

Nov. 17, 2012

Manziel accounts for 367 yards in a 47-28 victory over Sam Houston State, setting several single-season records. He breaks the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 yards by Missouri's Brad Smith (2002) and the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 yards set in 2000 by Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen. He also becomes the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to pass for at least 3,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 in a season.

Nov. 17, 2012

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy, struggles in a 52-24 loss at Baylor. Klein throws three interceptions and gets sacked twice. He rushed for only 39 yards on 17 carries, which allows Manziel to pass him in most Heisman pundit polls.

Nov. 19, 2012

Manziel is named a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. The Maxwell goes to the collegiate player of the year and the O'Brien goes to the nation's top quarterback.

Nov. 24, 2012

Manziel gains 439 total yards in a 59-29 victory over Missouri that gives him an SEC-record 4,600 yards for the season, topping the 4,327 set by Auburn's Cam Newton in 2010, the same year he won the Heisman Trophy. Manziel adds two rushing touchdowns, giving him 19 for the season, to tie the school record set by Joel Hunt in 1927 and matched by Darren Lewis in 1990 and Jorvorskie Lane in 2006.

Nov. 26, 2012

Manziel makes his media debut in a national teleconference that includes more than 100 reporters and columnists, according to an A&M official. Manziel didn't talk to the media during the season because Sumlin doesn't allow freshmen to be interviewed. He answers questions for 55 minutes.

Nov. 27, 2012

Manziel has his first face-to-face press conference in A&M's Hagner Auditorium, attracting 75 to 100 local and regional media members. Much of the 30-minute event is carried on ESPN2.

Nov. 28, 2012

Manziel is named a finalist for the Manning Award, which goes to the nation's top quarterback.

Nov. 30, 2012

Manziel wins the 2012 Chic Harley Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio). The only other Aggie to win it was John David Crow in 1957, the year he won the Heisman.

Dec. 3, 2012

Manziel is invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City on Saturday, along with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.

Dec. 3, 2012

Manziel is a unanimous choice for Associated Press' SEC player of the year.

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1 comment:

  • jim '78 posted at 11:58 pm on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    I see that line growing very large...[wink]


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