Johnny Manziel: Super Freshman Will Further His Legend Against Oklahoma
Johnny Manziel should be the Heisman trophy winner by the time he takes the field again. When he's done with the Oklahoma Sooners, he will have added to his impressive freshman resume.
He's the best choice for the Heisman based on his statistics, accomplishments, team success and overall excitement level.
Manziel is third in the nation in total offense.
His 4,600 total yards broke Cam Newton's SEC single-season record. He accomplished this while contending with a Texas A&M schedule that featured seven teams that spent time in the Top 25 during the season.
Despite the fact that Manziel and the Aggies played such a tough schedule, the team heads into the Cotton Bowl at 10-2. That includes an impressive 29-24 win over No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, which clearly passes as Manziel's Heisman moment.
Beyond the stats and accomplishments, Manziel is simply the most entertaining player in college football. Add all that together, and he deserves to hear his name called at the Best Buy Theater on December 8.
Just sent in my #Heisman ballot: 1. Johnny Manziel 2. Collin Klein 3. Jarvis Jones— RyanRecker (@RyanRecker) December 2, 2012
Johnny Manziel broke Cam Newton's total yards record. Took Manziel 12 games and Newton 14 games.— Saturday Down South (@SDS) December 1, 2012
When the Aggies take on the Sooners on New Year's Day, it'll be the same old Manziel.
The Sooners haven't had a great deal of success handling dual-threat quarterbacks this season. Though there aren't a lot—if any—players like Manziel in college football, the quarterbacks that have success with their arms and legs have hurt Oklahoma this year.
Collin Klein and Kansas State knocked off the Sooners in September, 24-19. Klein had 238 yards of total offense with one rushing touchdown. He had a total of 84 yards rushing in the game.
Who deserves the Heisman?
Everett Golson of Notre Dame had 241 yards of offense with two scores in the Irish's 30-13 win over Oklahoma in October.
Manziel runs as well or better than Klein and Golson, and he's a markedly better thrower than both.
He has the weapons on offense to punish the Sooners' 44th-ranked defense. Freshman Mike Evans and senior Ryan Swope are very underrated. They combined for 1,831 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. Yet, you don't hear them mentioned when the nation's best receiving corps are mentioned.
The Aggies will finish off an ultra-successful debut year in the SEC with a win in the Cotton Bowl, and Manziel will only add to his hype heading into 2013.
Will we be talking about the possibility of two straight Heisman Trophies after this game is done?
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