Johnny Manziel plays with abandon in spring game



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel did almost everything right in Texas A&M’s spring game on Saturday.

Well, everything except for giving the coaching staff a few new gray hairs by throwing his body into a block of safety Sam Moeller to help free Brandon Williams for a touchdown.

“I told Johnny, ‘Don’t ever do that again,’ ” offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney said.

Manziel completed 24 of 30 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Maroon over the White 43-23.


FLORIDA STATE: In Tallahas­see, Fla,, freshman Jameis Winston threw a long touchdown pass and finished 12 for 15 for 205 yards and three scores in the spring game.

Clint Trickett, also competing to be the starting quarterback, completed 22 of 32 for 259 yards while playing on both teams as the Gold defeated the Garnet 40-24.


OHIO STATE: In Cincinnati, Braxton Miller threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Scarlet over the Gray 31-14 in the spring game played in the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium.


OKLAHOMA: In Norman, Okla., Blake Bell threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the best spring-game performance of the three candidates trying to become the next starting quarterback.


MIAMI: In Miami Gardens, Fla., Malcolm Lewis caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the spring game, seven months after severely injuring his left ankle against Georgia Tech.


MISSISSIPPI: In Oxford, Miss., linebacker Serderius Bryant picked off a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown in the team’s annual Grove Bowl.


MICHIGAN: Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, who broke his left leg five months ago, has recovered well enough to make coach Brady Hoke very optimistic about his chances to play Aug. 31 against Central Michigan.




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