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Bob Stoops: Johnny Manziel best quarterback I've faced

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10:33 AM ET 01.05 | Oklahoma's plan for Texas A&M was pretty simple. Keep the ball. Keep it away from Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. It worked to perfection for a half. Then, the Aggies got a few stops and Johnny Football worked his magic. "All of what he does is tough to defend," said OU coach Bob Stoops. Stoops said Manziel is the best quarterback the Sooners have faced in his 14 years as coach. "Absolutely," said Stoops. "It's not only his throwing the football but it is what he does with his feet."

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January 5, 2013  10:38 AM ET

High praise. He's pretty special.

January 5, 2013  10:44 AM ET

What will the next 3 years bring?

January 5, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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What will the next 3 years bring?

Good question TM...I'm wondering if the "stereotypical" NFL mentality will remain. If so, Johnny Football may be at aTm for three more years. Supposedly, he doesn't have the arm...ala Kellen Moore.

He's a great college QB even if he never plays a down in the NFL.

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January 5, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good question TM...I'm wondering if the "stereotypical" NFL mentality will remain. If so, Johnny Football may be at aTm for three more years. Supposedly, he doesn't have the arm...ala Kellen Moore. He's a great college QB even if he never plays a down in the NFL.

He appeared to be very accurate last night...IMO

J. Manziel 22/34 287yds 8.4 ypp 2TDs 1 INT

January 5, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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He appeared to be very accurate last night...IMO J. Manziel 22/34 287yds 8.4 ypp 2TDs 1 INT

I don't know what happened to OU's defensive backs in defending the pass. They couldn't contain JF's running but they've played better passers than JF many times this year and stayed with receivers much better than they did last night.

I don't think they could've stopped JF's ad libbing when things break down. I thought their pass defense and overall offense stunk though. aTm's passing game and defense isn't as good as OU made it look.

Still think aTm would have won on Johnny's legs but it would have been closer. Wish I'd have picked 'em.

January 5, 2013  11:21 AM ET

It will either be the CFL or Arena football for Johnny. His style doesn't translate into the NFL. He wouldn't last.

January 5, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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I don't know what happened to OU's defensive backs in defending the pass. They couldn't contain JF's running but they've played better passers than JF many times this year and stayed with receivers much better than they did last night. I don't think they could've stopped JF's ad libbing when things break down. I thought their pass defense and overall offense stunk though. aTm's passing game and defense isn't as good as OU made it look. Still think aTm would have won on Johnny's legs but it would have been closer. Wish I'd have picked 'em.

IMO...and I admit that I'm a homer....but I think the DB's were worried about the running of JF, plus the Oline gave him plenty of time to pick and choose. Hard to cover a WR for 10 seconds...

January 5, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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It will either be the CFL or Arena football for Johnny. His style doesn't translate into the NFL. He wouldn't last.

Didn't you say that same thing about RGIII and Cam Newton?

January 5, 2013  11:30 AM ET

I tried to tell you people he was good, but no, we had OT and others calling Texas A&M the most overrated team in CFB.

Not looking so overrated now, are they?

January 5, 2013  11:32 AM ET

LOL, what else could Stoops say, when a QB destroys your team???

January 5, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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LOL, what else could Stoops say, when a QB destroys your team???

He is usually honest...he wouldn't have said anything if he didn't think it was true....

January 5, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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He is usually honest...he wouldn't have said anything if he didn't think it was true....

We're not talking about LK.... :)

January 5, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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I tried to tell you people he was good, but no, we had OT and others calling Texas A&M the most overrated team in CFB. Not looking so overrated now, are they?

JK, I was wrong and you are/were right!!! I'm admitting it right here in front of you and FN!!!! I'm not really "totally" convinced that Texas A&M is a top 5 team, as I'm not too sure of the Sooners defense this year, but I have to agree with you that A&M is not "overrated"!!!

January 5, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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He is usually honest...he wouldn't have said anything if he didn't think it was true....

So Stoops is saying that Manziel is better than RGIII???

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January 5, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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JK, I was wrong and you are/were right!!! I'm admitting it right here in front of you and FN!!!! I'm not really "totally" convinced that Texas A&M is a top 5 team, as I'm not too sure of the Sooners defense this year, but I have to agree with you that A&M is not "overrated"!!!

Sooners ranked 45 in Total Defense and 26 in Passing Defense.

TAMU is just that good right now...don't dis them by saying that the D was bad....it wasn't, they were that good

January 5, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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Sooners ranked 45 in Total Defense and 26 in Passing Defense.TAMU is just that good right now...don't dis them by saying that the D was bad....it wasn't, they were that good

I'm not "Dissing" A&M's defense, I was only questioning the Sooners defense this year!!

January 5, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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and McCoy and VY. He's getting old and senile.Last nights game was just Big Game Bob doing what he does best. Getting it handed to him in a BCS game.

If OU had been in as many BCS games as TU, the records would be close...first 4 games for OU were 2-2 (of those 3 were for the NC) while TU is 3-1 (of those 2 were for the NC).

Just that OU has been in 8 BCS games...Texas hasn't. :)

 
January 5, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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and McCoy and VY. He's getting old and senile.Last nights game was just Big Game Bob doing what he does best. Getting it handed to him in a BCS game.

I agree. I was going to mention VY and McCoy, but I thought Stoops had long term memory loss. Hell he has only faced Manziel one time and now he makes a statement like this!!!! He would have been better off by just saying, "Manziel is a hell of a player and a QB"!!!

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