The 2012 Heisman Trophy ceremony will be held tonight in New York City with just three finalists in Johnny Manziel, Collin Klein and Manti Te’o. They are all very solid candidates with the seasons they have had but to me, there is just one choice on who wins this award. I think history gets made when Manziel takes home the award as the first freshman ever to do it.
Manziel has burst onto the scene this year for the Texas A&M Aggies in his freshman year to lead the Aggies into the Cotton Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners. There are a lot of factors that go into this for me, and one is a big defining moment which Manziel had during the Aggies’ upset over the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide when he fumbled the ball, picked it up and threw for a touchdown. There are going to be other people who believe that Klein deserves this with how he has played over the past two seasons; this is not a lifetime achievement award though, and should be based on just this year where Manziel has been better than Klein.
While Te’o is a great story during an undefeated season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish so far, I just can’t see a defensive player winning this award over either of the quarterbacks. This is Manziel’s trophy to lose, and unless voters have decided that they don’t want to break with tradition and not have a freshman win the Heisman, it’s going to be a celebration for Manziel tonight.
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