Johnny Manziel and College Football's 25 Biggest Surprise Stars of 2012

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Johnny Manziel and College Football's 25 Biggest Surprise Stars of 2012
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We knew Johnny Football was supposed to be the next big thing at Texas A&M, but we didn't expect this.

Manziel has put together a freshman performance for the ages and is even being mentioned for Heisman consideration, again, as a freshman.

Manziel hasn't been the only surprise this season. All across the nation, previous unknowns—or players we never expected to make an impact—are rising up to contribute in big ways.

As we all recover from our traditional Thanksgiving overeating, let's pause for a moment and recognize the early Christmas gifts we received in the form of the 25 surprise college football stars of 2012.

 

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