A&M’s final case for Johnny Manziel

I put out a request on Twitter this week for schools to send me their final case on behalf of their candidates so that I could feature it here at HP.  Here is what Texas A&M sent me on behalf of Johnny Manziel:

In Manziel’s first season of action …

• Two-time Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
• Three-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week
• Nine-time SEC Freshman of the Week
• Davey O’Brien National QB Award Finalist
• Maxwell Award Finalist
• Has broken the SEC record for total offense twice (557 vs. Arkansas on Sept. 29 and 576 vs. Louisiana Tech on Oct. 13).
• Broke the SEC total offense record of 4,327 yards set by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn in 2010.
• Has faced three of the top 10 teams in total defense: Alabama (No. 1, 233.7), Florida (No. 5, 282.6) and LSU (No. 9, 296.2). Manziel averaged 293.7 total offense in those three contests.
• First player in NCAA FBS history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game three times in his career. Manziel did it in the first nine games of this season.
• First SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
• Reached the 3,000/1,000 level in his 11th game, fastest in history. Previous fastest was 13 games by Vince Young of Texas in 2005 and Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan in 2007.
• Broke NCAA freshman record for QB rushing and total offense in the 11th game of 2012. QB rushing record was 1,029 by Brad Smith of Missouri in 2002 and the total offense record was 3,827 by Jared Lorenzen of Kentucky in 2000.
• Is Texas A&M’s only 1,000-yard QB rusher, and his 1,181 rushing yards rank No. 2 in SEC history among quarterbacks behind only Cam Newton’s 1,473 yards in 2010.
• Manziel generates 383.3 yards of total offense per game, which is more than 41 teams in the NCAA FBS.
• Has accounted for 43 touchdowns, which is school record. Ranks in a tie for No. 3 in SEC history (behind Tim Tebow’s 55 in 2007 and Cam Newton’s 51 in 2010) and No. 2 in the NCAA FBS in 2012.
• Manziel has run or thrown for 69 20-yard plus plays in 2012 or 5.8 per game.
• First FBS player score two-plus rushing TDs and two-plus passing TDs in six games since Florida’s Tim Tebow did it six times in 2007.
• An early enrollee in 2011, Manziel will be classified academically as a junior after completion of the fall semester. He will also turn 20 on Dec. 6 (two days before the Heisman Trophy announcement).
• Has sat five complete quarters of plays, and all but one drive (and sometimes just one play!) in five other quarters.

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5 Responses to A&M’s final case for Johnny Manziel

  1. John November 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    This is Johnny’s final case. A comparison with past QB winners.


    Gig ‘Em

    • HeI5Manti November 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Doesn’t make All-America, pretty strong mark against.

      • Heismanpundit November 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

        There are tons of All-American teams. Most will come after the Heisman is awarded.

      • John November 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

        The coaches vote for that ALL American team the last week of October. ie. Before Manziel beat Bama and beat Cam & Tebows records.

        Also before South Carolina’s Clowney was T-bagging Boyd last weekend.

  2. chris December 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I went and looked at Cam Newtons games in 2010, I did not see any stats for 2nd string QB in those games, so I have to presume that Cam played every game, and the whole game.. So you could say that JM has hit his 4600 yards in 12 games vs. Cam’s 14 FULL games. Take out the quarters he did not even get on the field and he did it in 10.75 games vs 14.. Take out the other partial quarters and he is probably did it in about 10 games vs the 14.. I just wonder what kind of stats he would have had if he had not been sat out..