The Norman Transcript

National Sports

September 28, 2013

Hogs get 2nd shot at Manziel

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Bret Bielema watched plenty of Johnny Manziel before he ever thought about pursuing the Arkansas job.

While at Wisconsin last season, Bielema saw the Texas A&M quarterback from afar as Manziel ran circles around the Southeastern Conference — all the way to the Heisman Trophy.

The first-year coach of the Razorbacks will have the opportunity to witness Manziel in person on Saturday when Arkansas (3-1) hosts the Aggies, who are making their first trip to Razorback Stadium since 1990.

Bielema can only hope the Razorbacks fare better in their second go-around again Manziel than they did in their first — a 58-10 drubbing at the hands of Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) last season. The quarterback accounted for 557 yards of total offense (453 passing, 104 rushing), a coming-out game in a season-long, coming-out party for the talented signal caller.

“I just don’t want him to be great on Saturday,” Bielema said.

Manziel hadn’t even been born the last time the Aggies played a game in Fayetteville. The two schools were both members of the Southwest Conference at the time, before Arkansas jumped to the SEC in 1992.

Though Texas A&M joined the SEC as well last season, this will be its last trip to Arkansas for the foreseeable future. The schools, which played three nonconference games in Cowboys Stadium from 2009-11, are slated to renew their rivalry there next year through the 2024 season.

Arkansas hopes a return home is enough to at least slow down Manziel and the Aggies.

Senior defensive end Chris Smith, who leads the SEC with 5 1/2 sacks, knows all-too well what a difficult challenge Texas A&M — in particular, Manziel — provides this week.

“Johnny’s going to be Johnny,” Smith said. “That’s one thing about him is he is a great player, and I feel like he might win the Heisman again this year. We’ve got to be able to contain him.

“... We don’t want to get Manziel-ed.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
National Sports
  • Garcia ties record with a round of 61

    AKRON, Ohio — Sergio Garcia doesn’t know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career....

    August 2, 2014

  • All-Star Paul George carted off court after leg injury

    LAS VEGAS — Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night....

    August 2, 2014

  • Tiger in the hunt after day one at Bridgestone

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys....

    August 1, 2014

  • Cardinals Red Sox Trade Cardinals land Lackey, shore up rotation

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Defensive indefernce in Big-D as injury suffles front seven

    OXNARD, Calif. — Rookie pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence’s broken foot didn’t send the Dallas Cowboys scrambling because they’re already in rebuilding mode with their defensive line....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams’ go with youth in secondary

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams secondary doesn’t have veteran leaders, high-dollar talent or big names. Those handling spots on the last line of defense are confident they won’t be a liability....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams plan to rely more on running game as Bradford returns to form

    ST. LOUIS — Regardless of how quarterback Sam Bradford’s knee responds following an ACL tear and subsequent surgery during last season, the St. Louis Rams planned to lean heavily on their running game in 2014....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tigers go all in on Price

    DETROIT — When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rodgers still acclimating to new targets

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Even star quarterback Aaron Rodgers had has a learning curve at the start of training camp....

    August 1, 2014

  • Larson set record, takes pole at Pocono

    LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Larson had one more celebration left during his birthday week, setting a track record of 183.438 mph to win his first career Sprint Cup pole Friday at Pocono Raceway....

    August 1, 2014