From the Houston Chronicle:
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, had both an exceptional and occasionally rugged scrimmage on Saturday at Kyle Field — but one play in particular left no doubt Manziel’s competitive fire burns even during spring drills.
Following his last of three interceptions, on a short pass into the end zone as he ran into the right sidelines, an exuberant graduate assistant jumped up and down within what appeared to be inches of an irate Manziel. So Manziel shoved him. Players and coaches, who were all gathered along the sidelines, quickly separated the Giddy GA and Manziel before anything escalated.
Meanwhile the star of the day was last year’s leading receiver, Mike Evans, who time and again looked like a man among boys in collecting more than 200 receiving yards (thanks to intrepid TexAgs statistician Gabe Bock) and two touchdowns on the afternoon.
Maybe it’s just me, but this kid is a ticking time bomb. His rise to fame and glory has him—apparently—thinking that he’s special and can get away with almost anything he wants.
This is not the way to build a relationship of trust and unity with his teammates, the coaching staff or the myriad of student and graduate assistants that support the program.
I have a saying that I live by when working on teams to solve difficult problems: “I may well be the smartest person in the room, but the moment I start believing that, we are screwed.”
Meteoric rises are often followed by spectacular crashes back to the cold earth of reality. We might well be witnessing one of those in 2013.