Manziel throws four interceptions in CFL debut

Johnny Manziel threw 4 interceptions in first half of his first CFL start

Johnny Manziel's CFL debut was a disaster as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats picked off four passes en route to a 50-11 romp over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night.

After completing a pass for a 5-yard loss on his first play, Manziel threw an interception on the second - with the 2012 Heisman Trophy victor bringing down linebacker Larry Dean. On one pick, Manziel under threw his receiver by a good 10 yards.

The former Heisman Trophy victor was 11/20 for 104 yards, no touchdowns, and the four picks.

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.

You can see all four of Manziel's interceptions below.

Manziel said he plans to use the game as motivation as he continues his CFL career. "The other way is to just take this on the chin like a man and never allow this taste to creep back in your mouth again and never let this happen again".

"I didn't feel uncomfortable", Manziel said.

"I'm going to go out and throw the s- out of the ball, there is no doubt about that", Manziel, who was traded to Montreal on July 23, said on the Comeback SZN podcast.

In his first ever pass attempt in the league, the quarterback managed to throw an ugly interception that left him wondering what else could possibly go wrong.

"This is only going to motivate me".

HOT MASOLI - The Ti-Cat pivot is second in the CFL with 1,914 passing yards, but only five of Hamilton's 12 touchdowns have come via the pass. The Tiger-Cats signed the former Cleveland Browns first round pick with the troubled past this season after he was given clearance to play in the CFL. Though he was usually able to escape pressure, coach Mike Sherman noted at the half that the team needed to protect Manziel better.

There were moments where Manziel showed off some of the ability that captivated football fans when he rose to prominence in 2012 as the Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M. "If I would've been judged after one game at Texas A&M, I wouldn't be where I am today".

Manziel refused to blame his lack of preparation time for his performance.

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