While the Heisman Trophy ceremony and presentation doesn’t take place until Saturday night, you can bet your bottom dollar that Johnny Manziel’s name will be the one called when they announce the winner.
It seems every year, a young man is breaking records and setting the college football world on fire—and that superstar just happened to be Johnny Football during the 2012 campaign.
The redshirt freshman is poised to become the youngest player to ever earn the greatest honor in the sport, and it’s no surprise considering his illustrious statistics, signature wins and overall display of bravado.
In the statistical department, Manziel shined by completing 273 of 400 pass attempts for 3,419 yards, 24 TDs with just eight interceptions. He piled up another 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns on 184 rushes.
His Texas A&M squad finished with an impressive 10-2 record during their first season in the SEC. He led the Aggies to an upset win over then No. 1-ranked Alabama, plus signature victories against No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 23 Louisiana Tech.
They were rewarded for their efforts by earning the No. 9 spot in the pre-playoff BCS standings and have a prestigious Cotton Bowl date set against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners.
With all of those accolades accomplished in just a few short months of collegiate play, it seems safe to say we’re going to be hearing plenty from Manziel over the next few years.
He’s likely going to be the favorite to win back-to-back Heisman awards, a feat that hasn’t been achieved since Archie Griffin pulled it off in 1974 and 1975. The kid is in the same class as many of the elite quarterbacks to win the trophy over the past few years, and he still has plenty of time left before declaring for the NFL draft.
We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with the latest on Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman race and plenty more college football news, rumors, information and analysis throughout the bowl games and into the offseason.