The youngest Heisman winners

If and when Johnny Manziel wins the Heisman on Saturday, he will be the first freshman player to do so. He will not, however,  be the youngest player to win the prestigious award. That distinction belongs to Alabama’s Mark Ingram.

Manziel entered Texas A&M in the spring of 2011, and after this semester, will have the academic standing of a junior. In 2009, Ingram was a true sophomore and celebrates a late December birthday . When Ingram won the award in 2009, he was just 19 years, 356 days old. Manziel celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday (December 6) and by tomorrow he will be the second-youngest winner at 20 years two days old, just 11 days older than Ingram was when he won.

Manziel will become the ninth player to win the award as a 20 year old (Reggie Bush also won at 20).

Youngest Heisman winners

1. Mark Ingram — 19 years, 356 days

2. Johnny Manziel — 20 years, 2 days*

3. Rashaan Salaam — 20 years, 63 days

4. Archie Griffin — 20 years, 105 days

5. Tim Tebow — 20 years, 117 days

6. Barry Sanders — 20 years, 141 days

7. Herschel Walker — 20 years, 277 days

8. Vic Janowicz — 20 years, 283 days

9. Reggie Bush — 20 years, 284 days

10. Doc Blanchard — 20 years, 357 days

* – if he wins

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