IRVING, Texas - Ben Bass figured when Ryan Tannehill left as the Texas A&M quarterback he would be replaced by Jameill Showers for the 2012 season, not the scout team guy named Johnny Something OrOther.
Bass, who is now on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, was a defensive end for the Aggies last season. He scrimmaged against Johnny Manziel and played against him when he ran the scout team offense, and he said he never saw what is going in College Station right now with Johnny Ball.
"Everybody who left thought, we just thought Jameill would come up and that was it," Bass said.
As for as Johnny Manziel?
"He was the scout team guy. He would try his best to replicate what the other team's QB would do," Bass said. "The offense we had last year, I guess, isn't as suitable as to what he is doing now. We were a pro-style offense last year. Now it's more run and gun."
In his first six games as the Aggies QB, Manziel has rushed for 676 yards (7.4 yds per carry), 10 TDs; he has thrown for 1,680 yards with 14 TDs and 3 INTs.
"I knew they could play. I didn't know what the offense was going to look like. I knew they were going to have a good defense," Bass said. "They have two linebackers who are going to be drafted - Sean Porter and DaMontre Moore. No one in the SEC has ever seen an offense like this. It's such a run and gun, screen here, draw there, that it takes a while to get used to."
Like a good Aggie, Bass has his alma mater defeating LSU. He is so confident he said he bet Cowboys guard and former LSU player Nate Livings 100 pushups.
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