Last season, Johnny Manziel, quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies, became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Heading into his sophomore season, many figured that Manziel would have a real shot at becoming only the second player to ever win college football’s most prestigious awards twice (Archie Griffin of the Ohio State Buckeyes won the Heisman in 1974 and 1975).
After the dust settles from this weekend’s action, Manziel will be at or near the top of the projections for this year’s Heisman. In Saturday’s 51-41 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Manziel put on another “Johnny Football” show.
Manziel was 30-of-39 through the air for 446 yards, with five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed 14 times for 47 yards. It seems like Manziel is always making a play, even though, at times, he is making a play for the other team.
Without question, Manziel is one of the most exciting and dynamic college football players in years. He can beat opponents with his arm or his legs, which makes him just that much more difficult to defend.
The Heisman race is still ongoing, and there is still plenty of football to be played before the votes must be cast. Jameis Winston of the Florida State Seminoles is probably the leader at this point, with Marcus Mariota, the quarterback of the Oregon Ducks, in the mix as well. Any of the three players would make a fine choice as the Heisman winner, but perhaps no one is as exciting as Manziel.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.