My case for Johnny Manziel for Heisman

As the Heisman voters get ready to present the trophy to the best player in college football, I want to make my case for Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. Even though he is a freshman he deserves this trophy. Here are my reasons why:

  • He lead his team to an 10-2 record as a freshamn and very well could be undefeated (only losing to Florida and LSU by a total of 8 points)
  • This is the first year Texas A&M is in the SEC, with a lot of new pieces (including a good coach) and he became the face of this transition to the SEC for Texas
  • He broke the single season total yards record that Cam Newton had when he won the Heisman Trophy with over 4,600 total yards ( first SEC freshman with 3419 passing yards, 1181 rushing yards, and 43 total TDs)
  • He has the SEC record for total yards in a game with 576
  • He has gotten better with each game and so has his team
  • He is electrifying to watch making plays you wouldn’t think he could make
  • He had a Heisman moment when he beat the #1 team in the nation at the time Alabama
  • He is so good, they call this man “Johnny Football”
  • He is so good, they make up legend myths about him
  • He is so good, his coach told him not to talk to the media until after the season
  • He did all this in his first year of playing college Football after
  • These are the football stories fans live for and make movies about
  • Proved that he could play QB on the college level in spite of what the University of Texas thought about him
  • His stats and play was better than other QB candidates Braxton Miller, Collin Klein, and the falling Geno Smith
  • The Heisman goes to the most outstanding player in the nation, and he is certainly more outstanding than anybody else I have watched.
  • We have had 2 back to back electrifying QB’s to win the Heisman so why change now

So on Saturday night, we should see Johnny hoist the trophy. No disrespect to Manti Te’o and what he has done for Notre Dame, but I do not see him as the best player in the nation. I don’t even think he is a better defender than Tyrann “The Honey Badger” Mathieu was last year, and he didn’t win the Heisman. Te’o’s story is remarkable and he is instrumental to making Notre Dame relevant again and the number 1 team in the nation. What he does for that team transcends football, but that does not mean he is the best player in college football. So the Heisman should go to “Johnny Football!”


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