Johnny Manziel shook off a rocky start to his summer to win the Texas A&M starting quarterback job.

ESPN.com is reporting that head coach Kevin Sumlin has named the redshirt freshman the Aggies starter for the August 30 opener against Louisiana Tech.

The 6-1, 200-pound Manziel beat out two sophomores and a true freshman for the job.

Coach Sumlin just felt Manziel performed the best.

“Johnny has performed the best at this stage and we will proceed until the season opener with him getting the first-team reps,” Sumlin said. “My policy is simple really; the best player plays. Competition is a great thing and we need more competition at all of our positions. All of our quarterbacks have competed well and I expect them to continue to push Johnny.”

Manziel came on strong as the summer progressed and won the job with his play earlier this week. Sumlin prefers not to yo-yo his quarterbacks, so as long as he plays well its his job to lose.

Glenn Erby is a NFL writer for FootBasket. He also owns the NFL blog, Tha Cover 2. You can read more about him over there. Follow him on Twitter @thacover2.


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