FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel spent the afternoon in town and met with reporters briefly at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort. Naturally, he was asked who will win Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game.
“Roll Tide,” the Texas A&M quarterback said.
Manziel participated in a news conference with five other award winners: Nate Boyer (Texas), Disney Spirit Award; Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M), Outland Trophy; Marqise Lee (Southern California), Biletnikoff Trophy; Johnthan Banks (Thorpe Award); Daniel Rodriguez (Clemson), Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Asked who would win, Banks said, “SEC. Alabama.” Joeckel agreed with Banks. Lee said he would pick whoever wins “because they’re both good teams.” Boyer and Rodriguez went for Notre Dame, and Lee added he wanted to pick Notre Dame, too.
Manziel added he respects Notre Dame but he picked Alabama partly because he wants to support his fellow SEC member. Also, the Aggies’ quarterback likes what Alabama has at that position in AJ McCarron.
“They’re a very good team,” Manziel said. “(Notre Dame’s Everett) Golson is very good. He maybe hasn’t had a chance in a game like this, and AJ McCarron has been there before.”