Johnny Manziel: Why Texas A&M QB Will Not Win a Second Heisman Trophy

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at a press conference at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Winning back-to-back Heisman trophies is one of the toughest challenges in sports, and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will not become the first repeat winner since Archie Griffin in 1975 when the Aggies star returns for his sophomore season.

It's possible that Manziel could win another Heisman if he stays for his junior or senior seasons, but it's hard to imagine next season's Heisman field being as weak as it was this year.

With only three finalists this season, Manziel only had two players to compete with, and one of those players (Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein) wasn't a real contender for the award.

The competition for the 2013 Heisman Trophy will likely be far tougher than this year. There are a number of quality players who could become legitimate candidates for the award.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had an impressive 2012 season and will be leading one of the nation's top teams next season. Like Manziel, Miller has the ability to rack up a ton of yards both through the air and on the ground.

If Aaron Murray chooses not to enter the 2013 NFL draft, the Georgia quarterback will certainly be in the Heisman conversation next season. He is a phenomenal passer who is capable of putting up huge numbers that will boost his chances of being named a finalist.

The Bulldogs will be a BCS title contender if he stays for his senior season, and a run toward a national championship would certainly help Murray's pursuit of a Heisman.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron could also be Heisman finalists in 2013.

Manziel will likely have another great season in 2013 and be in the Heisman conversation, but dealing with the pressure of duplicating this season's performance will be tough to handle.

He may have to finish with even better stats than he had this season to win back-to-back Heisman trophies since the competition for the award will be greater, and that would be very hard to accomplish.

Manziel could certainly be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy next season, but winning it in consecutive seasons will be too difficult for the Aggies quarterback as there will be more important goals to accomplish in 2013 and stronger competition for the award.