Johnny Manziel: Record-Tying 2nd Heisman Will Elude Aggies QB

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 celebrates a first 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 might be the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, but he won't be the second player to win the award twice.

It might be tempting to think the Texas A&M quarterback has set himself up to at least match Ohio State running back Archie Griffin's record of two Heisman Trophies. However, it's going to be a bridge too far for Johnny Football.

A lot of fantastic college football players have won the Heisman with years to spare and the hype machine already in gear for a historic second win. Aside from Griffin, those players have fallen by the wayside.

The Heisman voters were likely slightly averse to voting a freshman as the winner, but it's hard to argue he didn't deserve the award. Manziel's 4,600 total yards were the most in SEC history, besting Cam Newton's 4,327 yards in 2010.

If Manziel is going to win another Heisman, he'll likely have to at least equal this record-breaking season, which is going to be incredibly hard to do. Voters in the future will be comparing everything to this year. If there's a drop-off, then it's not going to do Manziel any favors.

Manziel is unlikely at the peak of his powers, but he was also able to enjoy a certain level of anonymity this season. Sure, he was a household name a few weeks into the 2012 season, but teams weren't able to have as much game film with which they could dissect how to neutralize Manziel.

It was the same case with Newton. He spent two years at Florida, but wasn't a starting quarterback until he left for Blinn College. He then entered the NFL draft after his Heisman year, so there wasn't an opportunity to see if he could repeat his record-breaking numbers.

It's incredible that Manziel was able to play like he did against SEC defenses. But it's not going to be any easier than it was this year.

Voters will also probably hold his Heisman against him to a certain extent. It's almost the inverse of why more underclassmen probably haven't won the award. With freshmen and sophomores, the voters will think that the player has more years ahead of him in which he can win a Heisman.

With Manziel they'll think, "Well, he's already won a Heisman, so we should give it to Player X." It's not fair at all to Manziel, but it wouldn't be the first time the voters have used arbitrary reasons to give the Heisman to a more undeserving candidate.

Johnny Football should enjoy his Heisman Trophy this year because it's the only time he'll be able to lift it.

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