Hunting the Heisman: Johnny Is the Man-ziel
In 2007, Tim Tebow won the Heisman as a sophomore after breaking the SEC record for total offense with 4,187 yards. Cam Newton broke that in 2010 with 4,327, winning the Heisman.
Manziel shattered Newton’s record as a freshman with 4,600. And he has room to grow.
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Passing: 273-of-400 (68.3 percent), 3,419 yards, 24 TDs, 8 INTs
Rushing: 184 carries, 1,181 yards (6.5 ypc), 19 TDs
Why: The statistics speak for themselves. Despite his two losses—which came by a combined eight points to Florida and LSU—Manziel is the easy favorite to win the Heisman. Texas A&M would not be where it is today without him, and that’s a fact.
2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
Passing: 172-of-258 (66.7 percent), 2,306 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INTs
Rushing: 171 carries, 787 yards (4.6 ypc), 20 TDs
Why: Klein has one more opportunity to show voters what he’s got, and that comes against a Texas defense that has allowed just 16.5 points per game over its last four contests. He’s going to have to put up some ridiculous numbers to get back into contention, in my opinion. Oh, and win.
3. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Tackles: 98 tackles (49 solo, 5.5 TFL)
Interceptions: 7 (35 yards)
Why: Notre Dame is headed to the BCS National Championship, thanks much to the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense and All-America linebacker Manti Te’o.
Others to watch:
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson; Marqise Lee, WR, USC; Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State; Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois; Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon; A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama; Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona.