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December 8, 2012

Fresh start: ‘Johnny Football’ wins Heisman

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football’s top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut. USC’s Clowney finishes sixth.

Heisman Expanded Voting

Voting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, with first-, second- and third-place votes and total points (voting on 3-2-1 basis):

Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Johnny Manziel, TA&M 474 252 103 2,029
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame 321 309 125 1,706
Collin Klein, Kansas St. 60 197 320 894
Marqise Lee, So. Cal 19 33 84 207
Braxton Miller, Ohio St. 3 29 77 144
Jadeveon Clowney, USC 4 13 23 61
Jordan Lynch, N. Illinois 3 8 27 52
Tavon Austin, West Va. 6 4 21 47
Kenjon Barner, Oregon 1 12 15 42
Jarvis Jones, Georgia 1 10 18 41

Recent Heisman Winners

(x-vacated)

2012—Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB

2011—Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB

2010—Cam Newton, Auburn, QB

2009—Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB

2008—Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB

2007—Tim Tebow, Florida, QB

2006—Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB

2005—x-Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB

2004—Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB

2003—Jason White, Oklahoma, QB

2002—Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB

2001—Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB

2000—Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB

1999—Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB

1998—Ricky Williams, Texas, RB

1997—Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB

1996—Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB

1995—Eddie George, Ohio State, TB

1994—Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB

1993—Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB

1992—Gino Torretta, Miami, QB

1991—Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR

1990—Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB

1989—Andre Ware, Houston, QB

1988—Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB

1987—Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR

1986—Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB

1985—Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB

1984—Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB

1983—Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB

1982—Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB

1981—Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB

1980—George Rogers, USC, HB

1979—Charles White, Southern Cal, TB

Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football’s top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o finished a distant second and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third in the voting. In a Heisman race with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel broke through the class barrier and kept Te’o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the award.

Manziel drew 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners.

“I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid, running around the backyard pretending I was Doug Flutie, throwing Hail Marys to my dad,” he said after hugging his parents and kid sister.

Manziel seemed incredibly calm after his name was announced, hardly resembling the guy who dashes around the football field on Saturday. He simply bowed his head, and later gave the trophy a quick kiss.

“I wish my whole team could be up here with me,” he said with a wide smile.

Te’o had 321 first-place votes and 1,706 points and Klein received 60 firsts and 894 points.

Just a few days after turning 20, Manziel proved times have truly changed in college football, and that experience can be really overrated.

For years, seniors dominated the award named after John Heisman, the pioneering Georgia Tech coach from the early 1900s. In the 1980s, juniors started becoming common winners. Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win it in 2007, and two more won it in the next two seasons.

Adrian Peterson had come closest as a freshman, finishing second to Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004. But it took 78 years for a newbie to take home the big bronze statue. Johnny Football really can do it all.

Peterson was a true freshman for Oklahoma. As a redshirt freshmen, Manziel attended school and practiced with the team last year, but did not play in any games.

He’s the second player from Texas A&M to win the Heisman, joining John David Crow from 1957, and did so without the slightest hint of preseason hype. Manziel didn’t even win the starting job until two weeks before the season.

Who needs hype when you can fill-up a highlight reel the way Manziel can?

With daring runs and elusive improvisation, Manziel broke 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton’s SEC record with 4,600 total yards, led the Aggies to a 10-2 in their first season in the SEC and orchestrated an upset at then-No. 1 Alabama in November that stamped him as legit.

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 overall to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season.

Manziel has one more game this season, when the No. 10 Aggies play Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.

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