Johnny Manziel has only been a Cleveland Brown since May, but he seems to be doing a good job of getting in good with the stars of some of the state’s other teams in relatively short order.
First there was LeBron James (even before he returned to the Cavaliers), now it is Braxton Miller.
“First and foremost, it’s tough to see a friend like Braxton…I mean, it’s rough,” Manziel replied Tuesday (via a transcript sent out by the Browns) when asked about Ohio State’s quarterback situation following Miller’s season-ending shoulder surgery. “I don’t wish that for anybody. I don’t wish that for him especially. Hopefully everything in that situation works out for him. I hope he can get a medical red shirt and be able to play because first and foremost, I’m a fan of Braxton. I think he’s incredible for college football. I think he’s incredible for Ohio State and the state of Ohio.”
Asked about redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett — a Texas native like Manziel — taking over the Buckeyes’ spread offense, Manziel praised Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator/QBs coach Tom Herman, whose previous coaching stops include stints in the Lonestar State at Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Texas.
“I think he’s got a good situation with Coach Meyer being there and being able to put him in situations to be successful,” said Manziel, who went from relatively unknown prospect to Heisman Trophy winner as a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M two years ago. “I think more than anything, he needs to depend on him, Coach Meyer, who’s been through it all. Their quarterbacks coach is a very creative guy who is a standup guy as well. I would say lean on those guys. Lean on the older players that have been there. They have a lot of playmakers, so you get the ball to those guys in space and they can really do a lot with it. Don’t try to do too much. I would say rely on your coaches. Rely on what they’re telling you, and most of all, have fun and go out and play football like you did in high school and like you’ve been doing your whole life. Man, I really wish them nothing but the best and I hope Braxton is OK.”