Johnny Football makes No. 78!
On Saturday, Johnny Manziel, or Johnny Football as he has been nicknamed, was named the winner of the 78th Heisman Trophy. Manziel became the first freshman to do so.
Manziel received 474 first places votes, 153 more than Notre Dame’s linebacker, Manti Te’o, who finished second. The result, awarding the freshman the Heisman over two seniors that have played with understated mastery, was expected, yet progressive for talented freshman to come.
Manziel led the Texas A&M Aggies to a 10-2 season in their first year in the Southeastern Conference(SEC), including beating a-then No. 1 Alabama team in November. The 29-24 win in Tuscaloosa, Alabama stamped him as a legit candidate.
This season, he has thrown for 3, 419 yards and 24 touchdowns and run for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to become the first freshman, first SEC player, and fifth player to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season.
Just an FYI about this kid, he came out of spring practice as the backup QB and would go on to work with a private coach in the summer to better his chances at winning the starting position. A lesson that practice does make perfect!
Another great notch on this kid’s belt is that he also became the first freshman to win the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which was given just two days earlier.