While Johnny Manziel hasn’t been much of a media darling, one thing is certain, he knows how to lead. His performance against Duke on NYE was nothing short of spectacular. Johnny Football had 455 yards of offense and 5 TDs. The rest of the Texas A&M team . . . 86 yards. On a night when the A&M defense surrendered 661 yards and Manziel was noticeably frustrated on the sidelines mumbling “what is going on”, Manziel took the game into his hands. Down by 21 at the half, Manziel told his teammates to “not look at the score but to keep playing. If you look at the score, you will lose.” The arrogance, the autograph scandal, the offseason outbursts no longer mattered. When the game was on the line and Texas A&M was on the verge of being embarrassed by Duke, Manziel chose a different outcome. When the A&M defense got key stops, Manziel was the first one on the field celebrating with his teammates and when the offense needed a score, it was Manziel who lead the team. Keep in mind that this was a relatively insignificant game for Manziel and the Aggies. This wasn’t the BCS National Championship Game but the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. (Sorry Chick-Fil-A). Not exactly how Manizel and the Aggies envisioned their season. All sorts of chatter has been written about Manziel. He is selfish, doesn’t care about his team and he is out of control. He was kicked out of the Manning Quarterback camp. The horror! All the while, Manziel claimed he was simply acting like a 21-year-old college kid. Say what you will about Manziel’s off the field antics. His gritty performance against Duke and willing his team to victory may have raised his draft stock and quieted his critics. In the next couple of weeks, if not days, we will know whether or not we witnessed the last of Manziel in an A&M uniform. However, one thing is certain. . . .he is Johnny Football.