In a lot of ways, the 2012 Heisman Trophy race is shaping up to be a war between the traditional rules of the award versus the new realities of college football. The award has been given out 77 times previously, and during that time there have been no freshmen winners and no defensive players who have won the award, which is reserved for the best of the best in college football, like national champions. Of the three possible winners, only one of them isn’t a freshman or a defensive player. Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o, and Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
“I’m overwhelmed by this tremendous honor of representing Texas A&M, the 12th Man and all my teammates in New York,” Manziel said. ”This is a dream come true for me, and I know it’s a credit to all my coaches and teammates.”
Say what you want to about Johnny Manziel, AKA Johnny Football, he deserves the Heisman. He broke the SEC yardage records of both Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, he’s thrown for 3400 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for nearly 1200 yards and 19 touchdowns and he’s guided the Aggies to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl bid in their first year in the SEC. If anyone is the top football player in college this year, it’s him.
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