Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Johnny Manziel has disastrous CFL debut as Ticats romp Als

Johnny Manziel has disastrous CFL debut as Ticats romp Als

Manziel on Friday made his first career CFL start, and it did not go well.

But instead of wearing black and gold, Manziel will don the Als' uniform and will try to beat the team that brought him to the CFL and then traded him without ever playing for Hamilton - at least not in the regular season.

The former Cleveland Browns quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy victor completed 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards before being benched for former OR quarterback Vernon Adams the fourth quarter. He also ran the ball twice for 4 yards.

"This is a humbling experience", Manziel said.

And wouldn't you know it... it didn't go so well!

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"You can let this get you down and sulk and harm you moving forward".

Manziel was the second Heisman Trophy quarterback to start for Montreal.

Manziel was acquired from Hamilton on July 22.

Manziel will be leading a team that has won once in its last 17 outings dating back to last August, but which hopes it has found the quarterback it needs to be a contender.

But the debut for the gifted Manziel, an National Football League first round draft pick whose two seasons with the Cleveland Browns were marred by off-field troubles, was a bust for the 18,576 at Percival Molson Stadium.

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Manziel sat out most of the fourth quarter since the game was already locked up. "I just feel I might have been a bit too amped up". Today went the way it went.

"I just want to come in and be a solid starter, eliminate turnovers and hopefully make some plays when needed. Only up from here".

Manziel didn't have a great debut in the National Football League either, though he has never thrown four interceptions in one game before.

The former Texas A&M star had another pass intercepted on his third series, with the blame going to running back Tyrell Sutton for mishandling and deflecting the ball to defender Jumal Rolle. But Manziel underthrew the pass for an easy second pick of the night by Rolle.

"I think I just made some uncharacteristic throws", Manziel said.

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