After taking the college football world by storm in his freshman season, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has been named the 2012 Davey O'Brien Award winner as the nation's top quarterback. He beat out Kansas State's Collin Klein and Ohio State's Braxton Miller.
CBS Sports' Twitter account for Eye on College FBall shared the news:
The winner of the 2012 Davey O'Brien Award is…….Johnny Manziel.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) December 7, 2012
Manziel's rise this season was a long, slow burn that a lot of people outside of College Station didn't pay attention to. Sure, he was putting up big yardage numbers, but there was not a signature game that made people take notice.
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We demand excellence of quarterbacks every single week, so when Manziel had a game against Mississippi where he threw two interceptions and another three interceptions against LSU in a game the Aggies were leading 12-0 at one point, there was some backlash.
Then came Nov. 10 at Alabama, when everything changed for Manziel and Texas A&M. The Aggies had put together a nice 7-2 record heading into that game, but they had already lost to Florida and LSU, so there was no way they were going into Tuscaloosa to knock off the mighty Crimson Tide.
Manziel stole the show against the then-top-ranked Crimson Tide. He had 253 passing yards, 92 rushing yards, two touchdowns and completed 24 of his 31 pass attempts in the Aggies' 29-24 victory.
That was the game where Johnny Manziel became Johnny Heisman. It was the defining moment for a player who racked up 4,600 yards of total offense with 43 total touchdowns. The Aggies just missed out on the SEC Championship Game, but their future is very bright thanks to the huge season by their freshman quarterback.
Manziel's efforts were justly rewarded with the 2012 Davey O'Brien Award. We shall see what he has left for us in the Aggies' bowl game.