Ticats QB Johnny Manziel throws first career CFL touchdown


Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel throws the ball during first half pre-season CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes. (Peter McCabe/CP)

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel threw his first CFL touchdown Saturday afternoon in pre-season action against the Montreal Alouettes.

It was the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s second appearance in a Ticats uniform after signing a two-year contract with the team in May.

Hamilton’s offensive line gave the former Cleveland Browns star solid protection in a third-and-goal situation from four yards out, which allowed Manziel to find running back Alex Green in the end zone with approximately four minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The former Texas A&M star, who was selected 22nd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, entered Saturday’s game in relief of Bryant Moniz midway through the second quarter and remained behind centre until about the halfway point of the fourth quarter before being replaced by Dane Evans.

Manziel finished Saturday’s game going 12-20 for 88 yards through the air. His longest completion of the day was just 13 yards and he rushed for 19 yards on four attempts.

One week ago against the Toronto Argonauts in his first CFL appearance Manziel completed nine of 11 attempts for 80 yards with no TDs, no turnovers and added 10 rushing yards.

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