He Should Win, But Probably Won’t
When the Heisman Trophy is awarded on Saturday, December 8th, I doubt that the best college player in the nation will win it.
Johnny Manziel, who is nicknamed “Johnny Football”, is the freshman quarterback for Texas A&M. He led his team to a 10-2 record including a 6-2 record in the Southeastern Conference’s west division. Under his leadership, A&M lost only close games to LSU, 19-24, and Florida, 17-24. Their 10 wins included a win over then #1 ranked Alabama, 29-24, a 63-21 rout over Auburn, and a 58-10 win over Arkansas.
He played in the same conference as 2010 Heisman winner, Cam Newton, but played two fewer games, and was still able to surpass Newton’s record, throwing for 3419 yards and running for 1181.
When they upset Alabama on November 10th, Manziel passed for 253 yards and added 92 on the ground. Against Louisiana Tech, he accounted for 576 yards of offense, and against Arkansas he amassed 557 yards.
A&M will play Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on January 4th. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see Manziel play, be sure and watch the game. He is wise and talented beyond his years. He has a “Big Ben” type of natural ability to extend plays.
So, will he win the Heisman? I would be very surprised. The closest a freshman has ever come to winning the trophy was when Adrian Peterson ended up second to Matt Leinart in 2004. The voters do not always vote for what the trophy stands for, which is the “best player in the land.” For some reason freshmen are given lesser value.
Manti Te’o, linebacker for the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish, will most likely go home with the Heisman. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it, it’s just that “Johnny Football” deserves it more.