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Manuel “The Face of the Organization”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 27, 2013 – 7:00 pm

A quarterback drafted in the first round. Typically, that guy becomes the marquee player for an NFL team.

And Buffalo’s first round quarterback, EJ Manuel, has the right stuff to be “the face of the organization,” according to his college coach.

Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher was a guest Friday night on The John Murphy Show and he talked about his former quarterback, EJ Manuel.

“He is the ultimate face of an organization, and a classy young man,” Fisher said. “He understands his role as a quarterback.”

Host John Murphy asked Fisher to explain exactly what me means by “the face of the organization” and how Manuel handled that role at FSU.

“The first thing you got to have is presence,” Fisher said. “When he walks in the room he has presence. He’s very confident in his ability and he way he carries himself. He’s not arrogant. He’s confident. He doesn’t rub people the wrong way. He makes you feel very confident around him. I think just his overall intelligence level and understanding of the game. And his appreciation of being the quarterback and understanding his role in that way.”

The entire interview with FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher is available here.


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Manuel thrived in the backup role at FSU

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 27, 2013 – 6:00 pm

Bills first round draft pick EJ Manuel will get a chance to compete for the starting quarterback spot. Head Coach Doug Marrone made that clear Thursday night, shortly after the team chose the FSU QB as their first pick.

“He is now thrown into the mix of competition,” Marrone said about Manuel.

But if the 23-year old passer has to back up Kevin Kolb or Tarvaris Jackson, it won’t be his first experience as a backup.

Manuel spent his first two years at FSU backing up QB Christian Ponder, who went on to become the Vikings first round pick two years ago. And Manuel got plenty of playing time during those backup years. He started four games in 2009 when Ponder got injured, and led his team to the Gator Bowl title. And Manuel started two more the following year, and led the Seminoles to victory in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Manuel’s coach at FSU, Jimbo Fisher, says the young quarterback was extremely well prepared both seasons, when he was called upon to fill in for Ponder.

“I love the way he went about it,” Seminoles Coach Jimbo Fisher says. “I told him going in, backup quarterback is the hardest positon. Because you have to prepare like you’re going to go in, but you might never get a snap. It’s not like another position where you rotate.”

“But he took that role very seriously,” Fisher said, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Friday night.
“And when we had Christian (Ponder) go down he jumped right in and led us to bowl games. When he had those opportunities he capitalized on them. He did a great job with his preparation.”

The entire interview with FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher is available here


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Manuel can beat you three ways

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 27, 2013 – 5:01 pm

When he was at Florida State, Bills first round draft pick EJ Manuel won four bowl games. And in 31-starts for the Seminoles, he won 25 and lost only six.

Obviously, Manuel has done more than his share of winning at FSU. And one of the reasons, according to his college coach, is that Manuel can beat you in a variety of ways.

“EJ can do three things,” Seminoles Coach Jimbo Fisher said Friday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“I always look at our quarterbacks and ask, can they do three things,” he said. “One—can they beat you from the pocket, which EJ can do. He can sit there and throw the ball very well. He’s the second leading career percentage leader in ACC history—number one at Florida State.”

“Two–can he beat you with his legs and extend plays and create plays? And three, can he beat you with his mind?”

Fisher told host John Murphy EJ Manuel gets high marks in all three areas.

“He can beat you with his legs by doing the read-option thing. He can create plays. He can beat you mentally by making good decisions. And then he can beat you with his arm, by sitting in the pocket and making throws.”

 

 


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