He was exceptional, Johnny Football doing Johnny Football things against Alabama as he produced the second-most yards by any player in SEC history.
But as captivating as he was in racking up those 562 yards in Texas A&M's loss, it doesn't change the fact that Johnny Manziel is not going to win another Heisman Trophy.
As detailed here, the path to a second trophy has only grown more difficult in the years since Archie Griffin made history in 1975 with a stigma surrounding returning winners. Simply put: it's not how you're going to win it, it's how you're going to lose it.
History already had him playing from behind as no past winner has finished higher than third since Oklahoma's Billy Sims in 1979 and then there was Manziel's offseason exploits, which fair or not, didn't help in turning him into the most polarizing player in the game.
To join Griffin, Manziel was going to have to be better than a year ago and while he's on pace for a season that would include less total yard...