Johnny Manziel’s private coach: ‘He can be like Russell Wilson’

Johnny Manziel has star potential as an NFL quarterback.

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Kevin O’Connell was a standout quarterback at San Diego State before spending a season in New England watching Tom Brady’s every move.

He’d spend four more years in the NFL before becoming a private quarterback coach alongside QB guru George Whitfield.

Among his first pupils: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

What was it like preparing Manziel to be a pro quarterback?

What concerned NFL teams the most about him leading up to the draft?

Where do the comparisons to Russell Wilson and Brett Favre come from, and why are they valid?

O’Connell joined The Audible with Bruce Feldman to discuss his experience working alongside Manziel, plus why he thinks former Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas could make a good pro and what he likes about the current crop of college QBs he’s working with (including Baylor’s Bryce Petty, Michigan State’s Connor Cook, Notre Dame’s Everett Golson and LSU’s Brandon Harris).

To listen to the conversation, click on the embedded player below.

More episodes of The Audible with Bruce Feldman:


Art Briles on Baylor’s post-RG3 rise to Big 12 elite.

Ed Orgeron: USC is still ‘the best place in the world’ to play, coach.

Kliff Kingsbury on Texas Tech, Johnny Manziel and public life.

Brian Kelly on Notre Dame’s QB battle, ACC dilemma and more.

Les Miles on LSU, the SEC, his persona and famous quirks.