Johnny Manziel Wins The Heisman Trophy
Saturday night Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football’s top individual prize after a record-breaking debut.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o gets second and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is third in the voting. In a Heisman race with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel breaks through the class barrier and keeps Te'o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the honor.
Johnny Manziel got 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners. Te'o had 321 first-place votes and 1,706 points and Klein received 60 firsts and 894 points.. The result, awarding Manziel the Heisman over two seniors who played with an understated mastery, was expected, yet progressive for talented freshmen to come.
A few freshmen had come close. Usually, they were players with athletic ability beyond their years: Herschel Walker in 1980, Adrian Peterson in 2004 and Michael Vick, to whom Johnny Manziel is often compared, in 1999. Each was beaten by an upperclassman, effectively told to wait his turn.
With daring runs and elusive improvisation, Johnny Manziel had broke 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton’s Southeastern Conference record with 4,600 whole yards, led the Aggies to a 10-2 mark in their first season in the SEC, and orchestrated an upset at then-No. 1 Alabama in November that stamped him as legit.
Johnny Manziel had thrown for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and run for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to be the first freshman, first SEC player, and fifth player overall to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season.
Just months ago, in front he emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the college football’s most outstanding players, his coach, Kevin Sumlin,colors him careless with the football and his father described him childish.
Just a some days after turning 20, Johnny Manziel proves times have really changed in college football, and that experience truly can be overrated.
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