It was both a football milestone and a school milestone for the freshman quarterback known as Johnny Football. Johnny Manziel, who made waves in his first year in the SEC by breaking Cam Newton’s record for yards and nearly making it to the national championship game, has now etched his name in the record books. Johnny Manziel is the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. He’s also only the second player from Texas A&M to win the award after 1957 winner John David Crow.
While Manziel’s Heisman opponents weren’t terribly impressive this year, he did best a senior and a player from Notre Dame on his way to Heisman glory. Most importantly, he beat the freshman bias that pervades every award committee, particularly that of the Heisman trophy. The fact that a freshman has never won it means something; the closest a freshman has ever come is second place, and that freshman was Adrian Peterson in 2004 (that trophy went to Matt Leinart).
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