There’s been plenty of questions about Johnny Manziel’s character, but one person who coached him and is getting similar media attention lately believes there’s no reason to be concerned.
Before Kliff Kingsbury became the head coach at Texas Tech, he was Manziel’s offensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 2012.
Kingsbury saw first-hand how Manziel transformed from an unknown freshman into the Heisman Trophy winner in one season. And the biggest reason was his leadership with his teammates.
"Those guys in the locker room to a man would run through a wall for him," Kingsbury said on The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday. "I tell the GMs I’ve talked to, and head coaches, please go interview his teammates and listen to the stories they tell and how they feel about this guy because to me that’s the greatest testament that any player, especially a quarterback, can have."
Every college football fan saw how many times Manziel willed the Aggies to a come-from-behind win by putting the team on his back.
"They know on Saturdays he’d die before he didn’t get a first down," Kingsbury said. "He’s running through people, he’s selling out, he’s diving, he’s doing all the things that as a teammate you want to see your teammate do. He attacks the game every Saturday with a competitiveness I’ve never seen and a fearlessness I’ve never seen and those guys will follow him anywhere."