Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
"New" was the big buzzword surrounding the Texas A&M football program this offseason. The Aggies went into the season with a new head coach and a new starting quarterback, and they were facing the tough challenge of having to acclimate to a new conference.
It didn't take long, however, for coach Kevin Sumlin and redshirt freshman signal-caller Johnny Manziel to show that they had something special in store for their first season in the SEC.
Sumlin managed to replicate the tremendous success he had at Houston and turn the Texas A&M offense into one of the most powerful attacks in college football.
Sumlin helped mold Manziel into an instant sensation. He also oversaw an Aggies offense that led the SEC in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense, averaging 44 points and 552 yards per game.
The explosive dual-threat quarterback became one of college football's biggest celebrities. He totaled 4,600 yards of offense, a new SEC record, and accounted for 43 touchdowns.
Following his sensational breakout freshman performance, Manziel goes into Saturday's Heisman ceremony as the clear favorite to win the award.