Johnny Who? Texas A&M Cruises Against South Carolina

  • David Young

That big sigh of relief is the sound of college football fans being reunited with the thing they love. That louder sigh of relief you hear is the Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin seeing his program succeed without Johnny Manziel.

In a game with little defense, the 21st-ranked Aggies started off the 2014 season by destroying the number nine Gamecocks 52-28. Manziel’s replacement, sophomore QB Kenny Hill, threw for over 500 yards with 3 TDs and no INTs, breaking Manziel’s school record. Sure, the Aggies lost three players on offense this, but that O-Line could give your grandmother time to throw.

South Carolina had been a prohibitive favorite for the national championship discussion, but without Jadeveon Clowney – now with the Houston Texans – their defense looked confused and outmatched. They allowed 44 first downs, including 12 on third down. Having said that, I’d hate to be their competition next week, Eastern Carolina, as the Gamecocks will be pissed.

A&M has a serious shot at being in the top five by midseason, with the Aggies’ next five games against unranked teams. However, the second half of their season will be a test with five of their last six matches against top 25 teams, including Alabama and Auburn. But that’s life in the SEC.

Meanwhile in Cleveland, Johnny Football was average through the air, but ran for 55 yards in the Browns’ final preseason game against the Bears. But after tonight’s smackdown of South Carolina, the A&M coaches could care less.

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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is now one for Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.