New Heisman Front-Runner is Johnny "Football" Manziel

By Dan Irwin
Johnny Manziel
Thomas Campbell – US Presswire

The race for the 2012 Heisman trophy has been a two-man race since West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith fell from the pack a few weeks back. And although Collin Klein looked like he would not only cruise into victory with the Heisman, but take his Kansas State Wildcats to the BCS National Championship game, for the second time this season a new clear-cut candidate has overtaken the front-runner.

The award was Klein’s to lose, and that’s exactly what he did on Saturday night against the Baylor Bears when he was a non-factor in the game, unable to generate enough offense to keep pace with the high-octane scoring attack of the Bears.

Klein finished with an unimpressive 39 yards rushing on 17 attempts, and was intercepted three times on 50 passing attempts. The Wildcats never scored more than 10 points in any single quarter, and were shut out in the fourth against a team that ranks 117th in the FBS in scoring defense.

New Heisman front-runner Johnny Manziel, known by his now infamously trademarked name of “Johhny Football,” was the top rusher on the field against the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Saturday, rushing for exactly 100 yards and throwing for three touchdowns and only one interception.

Despite the fact the win was over a Southland Conference opponent, the Texas A&M Aggies‘ No. 1 strength of schedule ranking remained firm early Sunday morning according to

Manziel has now thrown for over 3,000 yards (3,047) while tossing a cool 21 touchdowns on the year. His 1,114 yards rushing with a 6.5 yards-per-carry average and 17 touchdowns isn’t too shabby either…all while playing the nation’s most difficult schedule and topping the then No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

Are we sure the Heisman committee won’t give their award to a freshman?

The award is now Manziel’s to lose. That doesn’t look likely this week as Texas A&M welcome the Missouri Tigers to town, a team that has won in College Station two straight years. To say this game is on the minds of the Texas A&M players would be an understatement.

The game against Missouri will kick off at 6:00pm CST on either ESPN or ESPN2. Indeed, the whole country will get a chance to see just how amazing Manziel can be when he likely dismantles Missouri in front of an amazing crowd on Saturday.

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at ““.

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