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Slowing the Heisman Trophy winner

Slowing the Heisman Trophy winner

It didn't seem like a big deal at the time. The Florida defense stifled a redshirt freshman making the first start of his collegiate career. What happened in the next 11 games for Texas A&M is what made the Gators look special on defense. Johnny Manziel put together a historic run, carving up SEC defenses on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. There was one defense that slowed him.

The numbers Johnny Manziel put up against Florida look good at the time. Now in December, they look phenomenal. The Gators held the freshman Heisman winner to a season-low 173 yards through the air and 60 net rushing yards, the second fewest he ran for on the season. Manziel dominated the first half of the game. He torched Florida with his legs and with his arm, but the Aggies had just seven...

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