Is small-town Johnny ready for the bright lights and the big city?

Given that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel hadn’t spoken to the media all season until Monday, there was some question as to how prepared he would be to face the onslaught coming his way once he makes it to New York as a Heisman finalist.

Manziel is in for a whirlwind week starting Dec. 3. First he’ll go to Orlando to take part in the college football awards show, then he’ll be brought up to New York. On Friday, he’ll face the assembled Heisman media and then Saturday he’ll be featured on national television. If, as expected, he does win the Heisman, he’ll stay behind for a couple of days and do about a thousand interviews.

Will he be ready?

If Monday’s teleconference with Manziel was any indication, he should do just fine. He sounded mature beyond his years, in control and very measured in his responses. He’s as prepared off the field as he is on it.

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