"Johnny Manziel may be the most challenging player in college football right now that I've really seen to this point in terms of a combination of things. His skill set as a player? He's extremely fast. He's very athletic. He's developed into a good passer as the season has progressed.... He's effective at executing their offense without doing the other stuff. But when he starts scrambling around and he extends plays—sometimes for eight or nine seconds—and makes big plays, whether they're passing or running, it probably is one of the most difficult things to try to simulate in practice and teach the players how you have to try to play him with guys who don't have the same skill set as the guy who has the ball."
—Alabama coach Nick Saban
"I like the guy behind Ryan [Swope]. There's a fan—you can watch him on film—he's yelling at the defensive back when Ryan sneaks away. He's like, He's over here! Nobody's guarding him! I throw it, and [the fan] just kind of throws his hands down. The whole crowd was so angry. That's a hostile environment. If you get them fired up, you're definitely doing something right."
"He could be Johnny Golf. He could be Johnny Basketball. He could be Johnny Baseball."
"We went to Best Buy to get the new Call of Duty the other day, and there's a family with a couple of little kids. I'm walking to the car, talking to my roommate, and I just hear, 'That's him.' I thought, That can't be about me, even though I knew it was. I just don't see it that way, I guess."
"He's kind of our hero at this point."