Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/20/12
The following is an exclusive e-original exceprt from 'Johnny Football' by Josh Katowitz from HarperCollins. Buy it here (Johnny) Manziel grew up a fan of the University of Texas, located about 85 miles east of Kerrville, in Austin. To his dismay, the Longhorns' interest in him was minimal at best. Texas Christian University uses a spread scheme on offense, which utilizes a number of tricky formations that could have used a quarterback with Manziel's athleticism and running ability. Manziel had interest in TCU; the school did not reciprocate. Rice wanted him to play football and baseball, which would have presented Manziel with the opportunity to pursue both loves, but Manziel's parents made sure their son understood that he should not sell himself short on the football field. And playing for Rice would have been selling himself short. Elite college teams didn't see Manziel as a college quarterback. At 6-foot-1, he was too short. The offense he ran at Tivy was too gimmicky. He ...
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