Johnny Manziel's tremendous performance in Texas A&M's thrilling upset of No. 1 Alabama on Saturday vaulted him into the Heisman Trophy conversation, but the freshman star has no chance of winning the award.
His stats through 10 games are quite impressive, and worthy of being among the five or seven players with a shot at being named a finalist for college football's most coveted individual award.
Manziel has passed for 2,780 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He's also run for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The one thing preventing the Aggies quarterback from being a legitimate Heisman contender is that he has two bad games on his resume, and they were against two of the top three teams that Texas A&M has played this year.
Players with multiple bad games against quality opponents rarely win this award, and other top contenders this year such as Collin Klein of Kansas State and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame haven't had any poor performances yet.
In the Aggies' first game of the year versus the Florida Gators, Manziel threw for just 178 yards and ran for another 60, which is the second-lowest single-game rushing total of his season thus far.
Manziel wasn't able to lead the Aggies to a victory over the Gators even though his team had a 17-10 halftime lead. Texas A&M's offense didn't score a single point in the second half as Florida completed its comeback for a 20-17 win.
Three weeks ago against LSU, Manziel threw for 278 yards and three interceptions in a 24-19 loss. He also rushed for just 27 yards on 17 carries (1.6 yards/carry), which is his worst rushing performance of the year.
It was a winnable game for the Aggies, but Manziel's turnovers and inability to make the necessary plays when he had to cost Texas A&M.
If Manziel had played better in both of these important games, and won at least one of them, he would be a serious Heisman contender. However, you cannot be subpar against two of the three best teams on your schedule and expect to win the Heisman.
Manziel could certainly enter next season as the preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but he should not win this year's award.
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