Johnny Football is Now Johnny Heisman: Johnny Manziel Becomes First Freshman to Win Award

By Jason Lisk

Johnny Manziel took college football by storm this year as a redshirt freshman, flourishing in Kevin Sumlin’s offense in Texas A&M’s first season in the SEC. It culminated tonight in being named the Heisman Trophy winner.

No freshman had ever won the Heisman Trophy before, and it took until five years ago that a sophomore won it (Tim Tebow). Of course, Manziel also put up a combination of passing and rushing that we have rarely seen, rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns on the ground, while also averaging 8.5 yards per pass, completing 68% of his passes, and throwing for over 3,400 yards with 24 touchdown passes.

From Johnny Manziel to Johnny Football, and now, Johnny Heisman.

The final voting: Manziel with 474 first place votes and 2,029 total points, Manti Te’o was second with 321 first place votes and  1,706 points (the second highest ever for a second place finisher, and most for a pure defensive player), and Collin Klein 60 first place votes and 894 points. Marqise Lee finished 4th and Braxton Miller finished 5th in the Heisman voting.

[photo via USA Today Sports Images]

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