Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel deserves to become the first player in college football history to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.
Manziel became the all-time SEC record holder for total yards in a single season last week with 4,600, surpassing Cam Newton's 2010 total and Tim Tebow's total from 2007. Both of these quarterbacks won the Heisman Trophy in those years.
The freshman star also set a school record in Saturday's win over Missouri.
Johnny Manziel matches #TAMU season TDs record with his 19th rushing TD of 2012. Record set originally by Joel Hunt in 1927.— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) November 25, 2012
Manziel's statistics are certainly Heisman worthy, and when you consider the fact that he's just a freshman, his resume becomes even more impressive.
He ended the regular season with 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns through the air and 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground.
His passing statistics aren't as impressive as Robert Griffin III's were last year when he won the Heisman, but he has more rushing yards and almost two times the amount of rushing touchdowns that the Baylor quarterback had in 2011.
Leading the Aggies to a 10-2 record in the school's first season in the SEC (the most competitive conference in college football) as a freshman is a remarkable achievement and exceeded many fans' expectations going into this season.
Manziel got better as the season progressed and was very impressive against ranked opponents late in the year, which included victories over Mississippi State and Alabama.
Not only has Manziel performed at a Heisman level this year, there aren't any other candidates with resumes that are much better. The only other player who should challenge Manziel for the Heisman is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, but defensive players rarely win this award.
Manziel deserves to become the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy and should win the award in December.