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SmashMouth 12-08-2012 09:28 PM

Johnny Football now Johnny Heisman!
 
NEW YORK -- Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football's top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished a distant second and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third in the voting. In a Heisman race with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel broke through the class barrier and kept Te'o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the award.

Manziel drew 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from a panel of media members and former winners.

"I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid, running around the backyard pretending I was Doug Flutie, throwing Hail Marys to my dad," he said after hugging his parents and kid sister.

Manziel seemed incredibly calm after his name was announced, hardly resembling the guy who dashes around the football field on Saturday. He simply bowed his head, and later gave the trophy a quick kiss.

"I wish my whole team could be up here with me," he said with a wide smile.

Te'o had 321 first-place votes and 1,706 points, and Klein received 60 firsts and 894 points.

Just a few days after turning 20, Manziel proved times truly have changed in college football, and that experience can be really overrated.

For years, seniors dominated the award named after John Heisman, the pioneering Georgia Tech coach from the early 1900s. In the 1980s, juniors started becoming common winners. Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win it in 2007, and two more won it the next two seasons.

Adrian Peterson had come closest as a freshman, finishing second to Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004. But it took 78 years for a newbie to take home the big bronze statue. Johnny Football really can do it all.

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Danno 12-09-2012 09:28 AM

Re: Johnny Football now Johnny Heisman!
 
The kid is amazing. I didn't think they'd give it to him since the Heisman rarely picks the best player, but they nailed it this year.

Crusader 12-10-2012 07:48 AM

Re: Johnny Football now Johnny Heisman!
 
I really think that Manti Te'o was the best of the 3 but I wouldn't complain with either of them. They have had outstanding seasons all of them.

Mardigras9 12-10-2012 03:02 PM

Re: Johnny Football now Johnny Heisman!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 463636)
The kid is amazing. I didn't think they'd give it to him since the Heisman rarely picks the best player, but they nailed it this year.

Completely agree with you.

QBREES9 12-13-2012 09:04 PM

Re: Johnny Football now Johnny Heisman!
 
"I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid, running around the backyard pretending I was Doug Flutie, throwing Hail Marys to my dad," he said after hugging his parents and kid sister.

Good Luck to Johnny Football


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