Manziel gets the nod

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before the annual Maroon & White Game at Kyle Field on April 28, 2012.

Aug. 15, 2012: Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin announced redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel would be the Aggies' starter, over sophomores Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel.

“Johnny has performed the best at this stage, and we will proceed until the season opener with him getting the first-team reps,” Sumlin said in a press release. “My policy is simple really: the best player plays. Competition is a great thing, and we need more competition at all of our positions. All of our quarterbacks have competed well, and I expect them to continue to push Johnny.”

Offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said, "Johnny is a guy who is a creator. He can throw it [and] has become a better passer since spring. He has worked on his motion, and he’s able to move around and extend plays and create some offense after that.”

Manziel led the Aggies to an 11-2 record that season, and became the first redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

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