Johnny Manziel has won the prestigious SEC Male Athlete of the Year for 2012-13, adding yet another piece of hardware to the young man’s ever-expanding mantle.
According to the conference’s website, SEC commissioner Mike Slive had this to say about the award:
The SEC is very proud to honor Johnny and Allison [Schmitt, swimmer and SEC Female Athlete of the Year], as they are outstanding examples of what a student-athlete can accomplish through hard work and dedication. Their commitment to excellence have made them fine representatives of their universities and this conference. We congratulate them and wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Manziel’s on-field accomplishments were second to none last season, as the Texas A&M quarterback became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award and Manning Award.
He also garnered other prestigious accolades such as All-SEC First Team, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, AP All-America First-Team, First Team All-America from the FWAA and AP Player of the Year.
As if that weren’t enough acknowledgement of his effort, Manziel is now the proud recipient of the SEC’s Male Athlete of the Year honors. If you look at the numbers, it’s clear as day as to why the 20-year-old has become one of the most decorated football players ever after just one year of play.
In the Aggies first season in the Southeastern Conference, Johnny Football led them to a 11-2 record behind his arm—3,706 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions—and legs, as the 6’1”, 200-pound signal-caller rushed for 1,343 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.
He orchestrated an incredible upset over the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide and proved that the Aggies not only belong in the conference, but also are a force to be reckoned with this coming season.
Manziel follows Kentucky product Anthony Davis, the No.1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, as the winner of the SEC’s Male Athlete of the Year Award.
He is the first football player to achieve this recognition since Mark Ingram was awarded it for his Heisman-winning efforts with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2009-10.
With his sophomore campaign on the horizon, don’t be surprised if Johnny Football continues his world-class play and continues to fill his trophy case with awards.