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2012-12-13

Tivy's 'Johnny Football' voted best in nation

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Former Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel gave his hometown an early Christmas present after being selected as the 78th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. As expected, the crowd from Kerrville "went wild."
Anne Donahue of the Heisman Trophy Trust announced the selection of Manziel as Outstanding College Football Player in the United States the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8. The event was telecast live by ESPN sports during a special from the Best Buy Theatre on Times Square in New York City.
The victory for the 6'1", 200-pound Manziel, 20, is the second winner from Texas A&M - and the first since John David Crow earned the honor in 1957. As the 33rd quarterback to be selected, Manziel also made football history by being the first freshman to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Earlier, sports prognosticators had opined his freshman status might work against the gridiron phenom.
By anyone's standards, however, Manziel racked up some impressive statistics during his freshman year at A&M. He completed 273 of 400 passes for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing only eight interceptions. Additionally, he rushed 184 times for 1,181 net yards at 6.4 yards per carry with 19 rushing touchdowns.
With those stats, Manziel became only the fifth NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision player - and, again, the first freshman - to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
In addition, with 4,600 yards of total offense, Manziel broke a former Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, previously held by 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton.
During Texas A&M's first season in the SEC, Manziel guided the Aggies to their best Bowl Championship Series ranking since 1998 - 10-2 in regular season and 6-2, SEC. He even helped lead the Aggies to an unexpected win against the then top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. In that particular shootout, Manziel accumulated 345 total yards and two touchdowns.
As a red-shirted QB, he was named the SEC's Freshman of the Year, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. Manziel was also awarded the Davey O'Brien Award, which is given to the nation's top quarterback.
To select the Heisman winner, ballots were mailed to 870 media personnel across the nation plus 57 Heisman winners and one fan, for a total of 928 electors. The ballots were received and tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The point total is reached by a system that awards three points for a first place vote, two for a second and one for a third.
When the ballots were counted, Manziel had polled 2,029 points to capture the award over Manti Te'o of Notre Dame's 1,706 points and the 894 points garnered by Collin Klein of Kansas State.
He was honored officially at the 78th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala held in New York on Monday, Dec. 10.
Manziel's local fans, who were unable to attend the gala, will no doubt be glued to the tube on Friday, Jan. 4, when the Aggies face their former Big 12 opponent Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Manziel's win marks the second consecutive year the Heisman Trophy went to a football player from the Lone Star State. Robert Griffin III of Baylor University began the trend in 2011. That was the first time a Baylor Bear had received the prestigious award. RG3 is now a rookie quarterback for the NFL Washington Redskins.