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Johnny Manziel was not a highly touted recruit when he arrived at Texas A&M in 2011. He was a three-star prospect and the 13th-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and 62nd-ranked prospect in the state of Texas.
Manziel redshirted in 2011 as Ryan Tannehill threw for 29 touchdowns and nearly 3,800 yards and then competed for the starting job a year later, which he won and, later, became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Whom did Manziel beat out for the Aggies' starting job in 2012?
Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel were both members of the 2010 recruiting class and both redshirted as freshman. Showers, a 6-foot-2, 219-pounder, appeared in four games (five pass attempts) as Tannehill's backup in 2011 and was the front-runner for the starting job in 2012 after some strong showings in spring practice. Joeckel, meanwhile, drifted behind both Showers and Manziel entering fall camp.
However, Kevin Sumlin named Manziel the starter on August 15 after he outperformed Showers throughout fall camp, which included a dominating scrimmage performance (18-for-21, 218 yards and three touchdowns).
Showers transferred to UTEP after the season.
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