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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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Q & A with Johnny Manziel

After a full season of not being allowed to talk to the media, Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel finally spoke at a teleconference this week.

The Heisman front runner sounded mature and relaxed talking to reporters as he reflected on his new-found fame, his team’s success and his nickname. He should be more than ready to handle the media crush that awaits him in the next couple weeks.

Here are the highlights from his first media session: Continue Reading →

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Irish Sports Daily on Te’o, Manziel and the Heismandments

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good ol’ back ‘n forth with someone from another website.

Sean Stires of Irish Sports Daily put up an excellent post yesterday comparing Manti Te’o and Johnny Manziel in the context of The 10 Heismandments and I thought it’d be worthwhile to respond in kind.

In essence, Sean argues that Te’o has the advantage in six Heismandment categories, while Manziel leads in two and two others are a push.

I’m going to have to disagree on his overall analysis and here’s why:

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Podcastin’ with Patterson

Here’s my latest appearance on the CBSSports.com Podcast hosted by fellow Eye on College Football blogger, Chip Patterson.

You can follow Chip on Twitter @cnpatterson3.

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Dave Doeren makes Heisman case for Jordan Lynch

This email came to me this morning:

Respected Voters,

I wanted to personally write to you regarding my QB Jordan Lynch.  I know many of you have his stats and have followed his season.  In my 17 years of coaching college football I have never seen a tougher, multi-skilled, consistently productive quarterback than Jordan.  In 12 games he has rushed for 1611 yds, 16 TD’s, 134.2 yards/game and passed for 2750 yds, 23 TD’s and only 4 INT’s with a QB rating of 157.3.  Please understand that many of the second halves this season we were up and didn’t play him in the 4th Q.  His stats could be even more over the top.  His game management skills and clutch decision making also sets him apart.

He is the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 in a game (vs Toledo, 11/14/12).  He is the second player to ever pass for more than 2,500 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards in a season.  Jordan holds the NCAA record for most consecutive 100 yard rushing games by a quarterback (10 straight).  He needs 92 yards to break the NCAA record for Rushing yards by a QB in a season.

He is a blue collar winner that truly loves and respects the game of football.  His relentless energy and passion for competition and winning is inspirational and contagious.  I love to see him practice and play – he is worthy of any and all consideration he gets for the Heisman Trophy.  As an award that represents the best – he is purely that!  I know that there are many deserving candidates out there.  I just wanted you to know from a coaches perspective how special Jordan Lynch is.  This is what college football players should inspire to be like – he is tough, loyal, competitive, fierce, poised, accountable, and productive!

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Go Huskies!!!

Dave Doeren
Head Football Coach
Northern Illinois University

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The first freshman, but not the youngest

Even though Johnny Manziel is about to become the first freshman to win the Heisman, he won’t be the youngest player to win the award.

That honor will remain with Alabama’s Mark Ingram, who won the Heisman as a true sophomore, nine days shy of his 20th birthday in 2009.

Manziel, a redshirt freshman (essentially an academic sophomore) will turn 20 two days before this year’s Heisman ceremony which takes place on December 8.

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Is small-town Johnny ready for the bright lights and the big city?

Given that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel hadn’t spoken to the media all season until Monday, there was some question as to how prepared he would be to face the onslaught coming his way once he makes it to New York as a Heisman finalist.

Manziel is in for a whirlwind week starting Dec. 3. First he’ll go to Orlando to take part in the college football awards show, then he’ll be brought up to New York. On Friday, he’ll face the assembled Heisman media and then Saturday he’ll be featured on national television. If, as expected, he does win the Heisman, he’ll stay behind for a couple of days and do about a thousand interviews.

Will he be ready?

If Monday’s teleconference with Manziel was any indication, he should do just fine. He sounded mature beyond his years, in control and very measured in his responses. He’s as prepared off the field as he is on it.

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