Johnny Manziel: Could There Be More Heisman History in His Future?

Ryan Bothmann@tripleCfanSenior Analyst IIDecember 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Heisman finalists quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks to the media after a press conference prior to the 78th  Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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On Saturday night, Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy Award.

The night marked a historic one for college football. There have been so many great freshman throughout the history of college football, but none of them have been able to accomplish what Johnny Football did on Saturday.

Not to put the pressure on Manziel too quickly now, but since he is the first freshman to win the award, that means he also has more years to win his second Heisman than anybody else has ever had.

The only player in college football history to win two Heisman Trophy awards was Archie Griffin, running back from Ohio State. Griffin won his awards in consecutive years, 1974 and 1975.

So the new question is: Can Johnny Manziel become only the second player in college football history to win two Heisman trophies? Or maybe even crazier: Could he become the first to win three Heisman trophies?

My answer is: Why not?

Anyone who watched Manziel play this season could tell right from the start that he was special. At times he would dance around in the pocket like a video game character, unable to be tackled, unable to be stopped. The numbers Manziel put up were something like what you would see in NCAA Football Road to Glory Mode. The freshman threw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, and had a completion percentage of 68.3 percent.

Those numbers alone would be enough to get someone a Heisman Trophy, but Manziel also had more to offer. He showed an ability to be outstanding while running the football as well. Manziel recorded 1,181 yards on the ground and ran for 19 touchdowns.

Simply put, Manziel did everything for Texas A&M this season.

Now, let's talk about the future.

We have seen in the past that winning one Heisman Trophy does not guarantee a player anything. It does not mean that they will win the National Championship, dominate the rest of their college career or go on to have great success in the NFL.

But it also does not mean that you will not do any of these things, either.

Which side of the pendulum will Manziel fall on? The player who had great success for the rest of his career, or the player who had very little success after he won the Heisman Trophy?

I fully expect Manziel to continue to have great success for the rest of his college career. But it is hard to say if he will win multiple Heisman Trophy awards, because there are so many great players who could have great seasons in college football.

No matter what else happens, I do think it is safe to say that Johnny Manziel is going to have a great college career. I fully expect to see him back as a finalist for the Heisman at least once or twice more in his career, and I would not be surprised at all if he were to bring the hardware back to Aggieland one more time.

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