Heisman Candidates 2012: Contenders Who Will Become College Football Icons

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 3, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs for 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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Johnny Manziel and Braxton Miller have a chance to do something very special in their college football career. As two of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy, they have an opportunity to join the exclusive group of men to win college football's most prestigious award.

Because of their age, they have a great shot at joining an even more select group. Only Archie Griffin of Ohio State won more than one Heisman award, but the freshman Manziel and sophomore Miller could accomplish that feat as well.

Manziel has to be considered the top dog this season. His average of 383 yards per game is second in the nation. The 4,600 yards of total offense set an SEC single-season record. He has it all, including the Heisman moment against Alabama.

If he doesn't bring home the trophy, I'll be shocked.

Miller's season can't be discredited, though. He did lead one of the two undefeated teams in the nation. He wouldn't get my vote because his numbers pale in comparison to Manziel's and he didn't play against the same level of competition.

Manziel's season outweighs Miller's major contribution to the Buckeyes' flawless season.

No matter who wins the award, these two men will be the front-runners heading into 2013.

Manziel will have at least two more seasons to win his second and Miller would have at least one more season in Columbus. If they choose to play four years, the window would be extended by a year.

Both players have questions about how they project as NFL quarterbacks, but there is no doubt their collegiate careers are headed for legendary status. What Manziel has accomplished as a freshman in the nation's toughest conference is amazing.

What Miller has done—in a season without a chance at postseason glory—is almost equally noteworthy. As much as we enjoyed what they both have done this season, it'll be even greater to watch how the rest of their collegiate careers pan out.


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