Heisman Trophy 2012: Johnny Manziel Deserves Award Over Manti Te'o
The Heisman trophy is every year goes to the “outstanding college football player.” This year, that player is Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
It was a memorable afternoon on November 10, when Manziel, now nicknamed Johnny Football, took the college football world by storm, taking down the nation’s top team Alabama.
After that game, Manziel worked his way into the Heisman trophy talk, and has now been named a Heisman trophy finalist, alongside Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Kansas State’s Collin Klein.
The debate has raged on ever since that fateful November night, on whether or not Manziel should win the Heisman trophy over Te’o. Now I love a great defensive player and always want to see one win the Heisman, but this year is not one of those years.
Te’o has had a tremendous year for Notre Dame. As the captain, he took them to an undefeated season and to the BCS National Championship game, while overcoming adversity, especially with the tragic loss of both his grandmother and girlfriend in less than a day.
Yet Manziel, a redshirt freshman, took down number one Alabama at Alabama. During the game against what is known as one of the best defenses in the nation, Manziel went 24 for 31 with 253 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 92 yards.
Manziel also passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns, even though he was taken out of games when there was a blowout happening.
Everyone knows how great Te’o has played during the season, but during his last four games, Te’o only recorded 23 tackles and only recorded two interceptions, very different statistics from those he had recorded during the first eight games.
Manziel bashers point to the fact that Texas A&M lost two games. While that is true, in their first loss to Florida, in Manziel’s first ever college football game, he was 23 for 30, with 173 yards and no interceptions, along with rushing for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Manziel leads the SEC in rushing yards, 1,181 yards, rushing yards per carry 6.4 yards per carry, and rushing touchdowns, 19. Don’t forget the Manziel is a quarterback.
He also put up these stellar numbers, while playing in the toughest division in college football, and while facing three of the top 10 defenses in the nation, Alabama, Florida and LSU.
Te’o is a great player and has a great season, but it doesn’t compare to the tremendous, if not one of the best college football seasons that Manziel had in 2012. There is no doubt that Johnny Manziel should win the 2012 Heisman trophy.