Heisman Trophy 2012: Why Voters Made Right Decision with Johnny Manziel
Finally college football got something right this year.
After having to endure another bowl season full of wasteful games and even more lackluster BCS bowl games, all we were hoping for was a logical choice for the winner of the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
We got our wish.
Johnny Manziel was named the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night while Manti Te'o finished in second, Collin Klein finished third and Marqise Lee topped out at fourth.
I could have lived with Manti Te'o winning the award because, to me, he was the best defensive player in the country this season. Collin Klein, on the other hand, didn't ever feel like the best player in the country in my eyes.
Manziel is the most logical option because he played like the best player in college football all season long.
So from that personal standpoint, college football got it right there. How about statistics?
Forty-three touchdowns combined, over 3,400 yards passing and over 1,100 yards rushing is what Manziel put together this year. He put up much better numbers than Klein, who only managed 2,490 yards passing and less than 1,000 yards rushing. Klein recorded a respectable 37 touchdowns but that doesn't match up well against Manziel's 43.
And Te'o is different because he is a defensive player. What we learned most from this Heisman decision is that no defensive player will probably win the award in the near future. This was the perfect year for it to happen with a freshman as his biggest competition, and it didn't work out.
So from a statistical standpoint, Manziel makes complete sense. Actually, he's the only choice you could even make.
What about moments? We have gone through and discussed why Manziel was considered the "best" this season and we have discussed his statistics, but what about moments to remember?
We remember moments like defeating Alabama in Tuscaloosa. We remember games like Louisiana Tech where he went for 576 yards and six touchdowns.
Do we remember Klein's moments? Do we remember Te'o's? Yes, but do they compare to Manziel's? Doing what he did against a once-ranked Louisiana Tech on the road and defeating No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium tops them all.
Over the course of the season we remember more of what Johnny "Football" did compared to what the other candidates did. Apparently the voters thought the same way.
Finally college football got something right this season. Better late than never.
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