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Manziel leads the Southeastern Conference in total rushing yards, rushing yards per carry and rushing touchdowns. Manziel rushed for 1,181 yards on 6.4 yards per carry with 19 touchdowns. He did this as a quarterback.
He also passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns. He ranks third in the conference for passing yardage. Manziel accounted for 43 touchdowns on the season which leads the SEC.
Te'o has good statistics for a starting middle linebacker but nothing special. Te'o finished the season with 103 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. The only statistic that jumps out at you for Te'o are his seven interceptions.
For comparison, Michigan State middle linebacker Max Bullough finished the year with 102 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also had an interception. Bullough is not considered a Heisman candidate.
LSU middle linebacker Kevin Minter registered 111 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, with three sacks and an interception on the season. He is not considered a Heisman candidate either.
It could be argued that Minter and Bullough both had better seasons than Te'o. If they are better than Te'o on the field, then how can Te'o be a candidate for an award for the best football player in the country?
Manziel has put up record-breaking numbers, while Te'o has put up numbers that do not set him apart from other middle linebackers.