Johnny Manziel: Monster Numbers Against Missouri Prove Heisman Worth

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a third quarter touchdown during their game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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If he wasn't already, Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy after a 59-29 monster win over Missouri.

Manziel capped off a Heisman-like campaign by tossing three touchdowns for 372 yards against the Tigers, completing a 10-2 season with the Aggies. Manziel was 32-of-44, a 72.7 completion percentage, to go along with 67 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The freshman sensation threw for a total of 3,419 yards, 24 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in a record-setting season.

But wait—that's just with his arm.

The freshman also rushed for an impressive 1,181 yards and 19 TDs, putting him in the same company as other college football greats.

ESPN's Numbers Never Lie put Manziel's amazing season into perspective with this tweet:

Johnny Manziel set a single-season SEC record with 4,600 yards this year. He passed 2007 Tebow and 2010 Cam Newton today. #JohnnyFootball

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) November 25, 2012

Just being named in the same company as Tebow and Newton is an accomplishment in itself, but Manziel deserves more than just recognition.

He deserves the Heisman.

The freshman has completed 68.3 percent of his passes, which ranks No. 8 in college football, while his 155.9 rating is good for top-20 in the nation.

There's no doubt that Notre Dame's Manti Te'o will and should be considered in the Heisman running, but no player in college football has impacted his team more than Manziel this season.

While Te'o can only impact a certain number of plays per game, Manziel is trusted with the football for every offensive Texas A&M play, and he did an excellent job of retaining possession and putting points on the board for the Aggies.

And let's not forget the obvious: He's only a freshman.

It would be a great story if Te'o won the Heisman, but it would only be right for the best player in college football this season to win the award, and that's Johnny Manziel.


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