Tag Archives: Johnny Manziel

Restricting Heisman Ceremony Candidates Not Fair To Some

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Fournette Snub Shows Process Is Flawed

By John Ventola

The Heisman Trophy finds itself losing some of its luster as the selection process criteria of the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics now seems to rely strictly on statistics, and whether the recipient is on a high ranked team. Continue reading

Draft Focus On Passing Game, Athletes To Make It Stop And Go

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Time To Address Team Needs With Player Rankings

By John Ventola

Tomorrow’s professional football draft choices had three or four years to showcase their skills in collegiate competition. While that was important, and a successful body of work during their careers opened them up to further evaluation, the past three months of individual workouts and school pro days for coaches and scouts has given them the opportunity to overcome both skill and character flaws. Up close and personal. Continue reading

LSU Should Revisit Prep Quarterback Evaluation Process

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Tigers Need To Get Capable Quarterback On Board

By John Ventola

After taking a couple of days to digest Ohio State’s demolition of Oregon’s Sitting Ducks in the College Football Playoff (CFP) title game, local attention should refocus on how LSU coach Les Miles addresses his squad’s lack of a top rated quarterback. Continue reading

Coaches Need To Also Weed Out Bad Off-Field Players

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Let True Student-Athletes Determine Championships

By John Ventola

The overwhelming need to win at almost any cost continues to grow in professional and college football. Professional players, coaches, and team executives have their livelihoods on the line while their collegiate counterparts have lucrative pro contracts, their coaching jobs, and athletic directorships dependent on their individual and team performances. This has been a year to uncover unscrupulous off field behavior and enforce some rules, particularly at the professional level, but there is still too much leniency and inconsistency at the college level. Championships at any cost seem to be the mantra. Double talk or non-specific conversations to protect dubious character is distasteful, if not downright disgusting. Continue reading

College Football Playoff Season Off And Running

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Gurley Runs Like A Man

 By John Ventola

The inaugural College Football Playoff season kicked off last week with a lot of fanfare and anticipation. Starting this year, teams will be playing to ensure they are definitely in college football’s version of the Final Four come late December. Gone will be the unbecoming sports information campaigns to support certain teams and leagues, and coaches brazenly politicking for their own squads. Hopefully. 

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Leonard Fournette Has Potential Greatness

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Great Expectations Can Be Unreasonable

 By John Ventola

The LSU Tigers open their 2014 college football season tonight against the Wisconsin Badgers in Houston, Texas. While the ESPN nationally televised game has been marketed as a battle between Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten conference powers, Tiger fans are anxiously anticipating the college debut of last season’s high school player of the year, St. Augustine High’s Leonard Fournette. The highly acclaimed running back from New Orleans was described in glowing terms throughout his high school career as an athlete that possesses the rare combination of speed, power, and maneuverability. Saturday’s game in NRG Stadium will give an early answer to the oft-asked question of whether expectations of Fournette’s immediate stardom are unreasonable. Continue reading

Johnny Manziel Skills Present Stern Test For Professionals

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Browns Need Manziel To Deliver

By John Ventola

It is Cleveland, Ohio, not New Jersey, but there are plenty of new jerseys to go around the city. Prodigal son LeBron James will take back his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey (leaving behind his Miami Heat No. 6 for South Beach residents to think about what might have been) in a few months, and Browns first round draft pick Johnny Manziel will be sporting the No. 2 he made famous as the elusive Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Texas A & M. Continue reading