Found November 14, 2013 on
In The Neutral Zone:
The LSU Tigers have turned to WR Odell Beckham in an attempt to simulate as best as possible the tremendous ability of Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, as his Aggies loom next week on the Tigers’ schedule. It is an interesting tactic, one which LSU hopes will pay major dividends in defending against Manziel next week. Simulating Manziel’s immense ability is clearly a very difficult task for any opposing foe, as the redshirt sophomore possesses rare skills nearly impossible to replicate. Perhaps the most evident attribute present with Manziel upon first examination of his play is his ability to improvise, an ability to constantly extend plays and to evade defenders with his rare elusiveness and awareness of his surroundings in the pocket. Watching him perform as a spectator is undeniably thrilling, but attempting to corral him as an opposing defender is clearly an extremely daunting task. Beckham can perhaps provide the Tigers with situations somewhat similar to what they will encounter in opposing Manziel, even if not duplicated exactly.
Upon observing Manziel at any given point in time, viewers come to realize the amplified complexities which come with defending him. Opposing defenders cannot let their guard down, cannot be caught napping whatsoever at any point in time in defending against the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Manziel very evidently plays with a sense of reckless abandonment, an incessant energy conducive to escaping trouble and to creating big plays. His relentless energy and attacking mindset can become extremely tedious and frustrating for opposing defenders, who many times feel as if they have Manziel in their sights destined for a tackle for loss. Just when opposing defenders believe they have Manziel corralled and dead to rights, that is when he works his magic to escape duress and to create huge plays. Often times, he displays his acute sense of awareness of the pressure bearing down on him and effectively utilizes his signature spin move to avoid would-be tacklers.
LSU will undoubtedly have its hands full when facing Johnny Manziel and TAMU. Other teams can very much attest to the tremendous difficulties and challenges inherent in facing him. While simulating the Aggies’ signal-caller in game speed is nearly impossible, the Tigers hope Beckham resembles the looming challenges in some ways.
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