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Putting Johnny Manziel’s numbers into perspective

Does anyone out there still think that Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel didn’t deserve the Heisman?

Consider the following:

  • In A&M’s 41-13 Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma, Manziel finished just 13 passing yards short of becoming just the second player in NCAA history to pass for over 300 yards and rush for over 200 in a single game, the other being Washington’s Marques Tuiasosopo, who did it against Stanford in 1999.
  • His 229 rushing yards was a bowl record for a quarterback.
  • His 516 yards of total offense (287 passing, 229 rushing) was the most ever in a bowl by a Heisman winner. It was also the third time this season that he eclipsed the 500-yard total offense mark.
  • His 5,116 yards of total offense this season was the most ever by a Heisman winner, breaking Ty Detmer’s mark of 5,022 yards set in 1990.
  • He finished with 3,706 passing yards, with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions, plus 1,410 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • His 47 total touchdowns matched what Robert Griffin III did last year in winning the Heisman and it put him squarely in the company of recent “Super Quarterbacks” who have won the award.
  • Manziel obliterated the “Heisman curse” that has so often derailed the bowl games performances of Heisman winners. If you look at this list of great Heisman bowl performances, he’d have to be right on top after tonight.
Taking everything into account, Manziel capped one of the best seasons in the history of college football against the Sooners on Friday night. In the process, he showed that he was far-and-away the best player in the country.

That he did it all as a redshirt freshman makes it all the more remarkable.

That he could be doing it for three more seasons makes it all the more intriguing.

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Why Johnny Manziel will never win another Heisman

Enjoy your Heisman, Johnny Football, because it probably won’t get much better than this.

You’ve won the prestigious trophy earlier in your college career than anyone who has ever played the game.

Beware of what lies ahead. Continue Reading →

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Your 78th Heisman winner…

Post-Ceremony quotes from Manziel….

(On having his name called)

“I didn’t believe it. I didn’t think it was real. For everyone back in Aggie land, you’re such a huge part of the team and you are the reason I am standing up here.

(On waiting to hear his name)

“I was really, really nervous. More nervous than anything I’ve ever been through.

(On making it to the ceremony)

“Just being able to be here is a real honor. It’s something I’m so humbled by.

(On what his win means as a freshman)

“It doesn’t matter whether you are a freshman or a true freshman. If great people are around you, great things can happen.

(On what comes next for him)

“There are plenty of things. First and foremost, there’s the Cotton Bowl. From there, I have to be the guy who starts the motor for a run at the national title next year. That’s our goal. If more awards come, they come.

(On the importance of the Heisman to his home town)

“I guess I’ll be bringing it half back to Kerrville and half back to Tyler. Either way, it’s coming back to Aggie land.

(On joining such an elite group)

“I’ve always wanted to be in a fraternity. I get to be in the most prestigious one in the world. I heard Doug Flutie said he couldn’t wait to talk to me. He wants to talk to me? That’s absurd!

(On the bias against freshman now going away)

“There is no barrier anymore. There was a great freshman class this year in college football. They are taking the world by storm. It’s there for the taking.

Full results and more video at Heisman Central….

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78th Heisman Trophy Presentation Results

2012 Heisman Trophy Results

Name — 1st – 2nd – 3rd — Total Points

1. Johnny Manziel — 474 — 252 — 103 — 2,029

2. Manti Te’o — 321 — 309 — 125 — 1,706

3. Collin Klein — 60 — 197 — 320 — 894

4. Marqise Lee — 19 — 33 — 84 — 207

5. Braxton Miller — 3 — 29 — 77 — 144

6. Jadeveon Clowney — 4 — 13 — 23 — 61

7. Jordan Lynch — 3 — 8 — 27 — 52

8. Tavon Austin — 6 — 4 — 21 — 47

9. Kenjon Barner — 1 — 12 — 15 — 42

10. Jarvis Jones — 1 — 10 — 18 — 41

2012 Heisman order by region

1. Manziel –325

2. Te’o — 281

3. Klein — 127





1. Manziel — 348

2. Te’o — 274

3. Klein — 220





1. Te’o — 315

2. Manziel — 312

3. Klein — 126





1. Manziel — 399

2. Te’o — 253

3. Klein — 149





1. Manziel — 326

2. Te’o — 272

3. Klein — 141





1. Manziel — 319

2. Te’o — 311

3. Klein — 131





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Johnny Manziel wins 78th Heisman Trophy

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel rode a record-breaking season all the way to a history-making finish in the Heisman Trophy race.

The dual-threat quarterback from Kerrville, Texas, became the first freshman winner in the 78 year history of the prestigious trophy on Saturday night.

Manziel tallied 474 first-place votes and 2,029 total points, comfortably ahead of runner up Manti Te’o, the linebacker from Notre Dame. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third with 894 points.

The 6-1, 190-pound Manziel was fantastic in his first year as a starter, compiling an SEC-record 4,600 yards of total offense — including 43 total touchdowns — while leading the Aggies to a 10-2 record in their first year in the league. It was A&M’s best season since 1998. Manziel became just the fifth player in FBS history — and the first freshman– to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000.

The highlight of Manziel’s season — and probably the key to his Heisman win — was his performance in Texas A&M’s upset of then-No.1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 10. Manziel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and added another 92 yards on the ground in the dramatic 29-24 victory.

It’s the second Heisman Trophy for Texas A&M, with the first coming in 1957 when running back John David Crow took home the honor while playing for Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. Coincidentally, the runner up to Crow was also a defensive player — Alex Karras of Iowa.


— For the sixth year in a row, the final HeismanPundit/ Heisman Straw poll nailed the winner of the Heisman. The top four in the poll mirrored the top four in the final vote.

— Last night, I wrote that the winning margin would look like the 1992 result, when Gino Torretta beat Marshall Faulk by 320 points. This year’s margin? 323 points.

— Manziel is the first freshman to win the award.

—  Manziel was named on 92% of the ballots. Te’o was on 84%. Klein on 64%.

— The three finalists received 86% of the votes tabulated.

— 77% of the ballots were received in the second week of voting, after the final game.

— 14 players received first-place votes. Thirty players in all appeared on ballots.

— Manziel is the 13th winner to exceed 2,000 points.

— Te’o had the second-most first-place votes for a runner up in the history of the Heisman.

— Kevin Sumlin is the first African-American head coach to coach a Heisman winner.

— Sophomores and freshmen comprised 40% of the top 10, the most in Heisman history.

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Two hours ’til show time

The three finalists talked one last time to the media before the Heisman Trophy ceremony (Collin Klein was not in town until today due to his appearance at the Unitas Award banquet on Friday)

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Tyler Texas and the Heisman

Tyler Texas, noted as the “Rose Capital of the World” will soon have a new distinction; birthplace of two Heisman winners. 1977 Heisman winner Earl Campbell was born in Tyler on March 29, 1955 and would play at John Tyler High School and later at University of Texas. Future Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was also born in the city, 20 years ago yesterday, but moved to Kerrville Texas.

Tyler has a rich football tradition and has produced over 15 NFL athletes and nearly as many professional baseball players.

With a Manziel win on Saturday, the state of Texas will tie Pennsylvania for third on the list of home states of Heisman winners with seven.

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