Johnny Manziel: Offensive Players Who Will Rival Texas A&M QB for Heisman

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies looks to pass 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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Before we hand Johnny "Football" Manziel the Heisman Trophy, we need to evaluate the other offensive candidates in the running for the prestigious award.

The freshman QB is the easy favorite for the honor, since he became the youngest quarterback in college football to ever throw for more than 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards (h/t Texas A&M Twitter). His 24 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing touchdowns don't exactly hurt his Heisman chances either.

Johnny Manziel reached 3000 pass/1000 rush in 11 gms, faster than anyone in FBS history. Previous fastest was 13. #JohnnyFootball

— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) November 19, 2012

We're already hearing comparisons to Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton for the young Aggies QB, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

While I do believe Johnny Football is your Heisman winner, let's give it up for a few guys who can give the stud quarterback a run for his money.


Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Buckeyes' QB Braxton Miller didn't have the season Manziel had but he still deserves a lot of credit for his 2012 campaign.

The sophomore QB led Ohio State to a 12-0 record while tossing 15 TDs and rushing for another 13. The hometown kid finished his season with more than 2,000 yards passing and over 1,200 yards on the ground, which is quite impressive.

Miller's day against California on Sept. 15 showcased just what the QB can do, as he threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in a 35-28 victory.

He won't win the Heisman, but kudos to Miller on an impressive season.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

You can't find a better wideout in college football than USC's Marqise Lee.

Lee torched opposing defenses for the entire season, finishing first in the nation in receptions (112), second in receiving yards (1,680) and third in receiving TDs (14). His Trojans went 7-5 and 5-4 in the Pac-12.

Lee posted an astounding eight games with more than 100 yards receiving, and no game stands out more than his monster day against Arizona when he hauled in 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns.

Those are video game numbers.

All in all, Lee went just three games without a score, making him college football's top WR this season.


Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

Collin Klein has submitted an MVP-type performance all season for the Wildcats.

The senior QB boasts more than 2,300 passing yards and 14 aerial touchdowns to go with a favorable 66.7 completion percentage. When you factor in his 787 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns, it's been one heck of a season for Klein.

If you don't believe me, do yourself a favor and try to find some footage of Klein rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for three more against West Virginia, when he finished with a 266.8 rating.

Klein is easily the best offensive candidate to rival Manziel for the Heisman, but even his eye-popping numbers probably won't be enough.


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