Heisman Trophy: 5 Reasons Why Johnny Manziel Will Repeat As Winner
Can Johnny Manziel Repeat As Heisman Trophy Winner?
When Jameis Winston, Jordan Lynch, AJ McCarron, Tre Mason, Andre Williams and Johnny Manziel were announced as finalists for the Heisman Trophy speculation immediately began as to who would ultimately take home the big award. Each candidate has a thoroughly impressive resume and could easily be the winner when results are announced on Saturday night.
Currently the leading candidate in media circles is Winston, who has led the Florida State Seminoles to the BCS Championship Game via a perfect record. The quarterback has been remarkable during his redshirt freshman season, putting up statistics that would be impressive even on a video game. For many the only thing holding him back from the award were potential sexual assault charges which were ultimately dismissed just over a week ago.
But while many in media circles believe that Winston will end up winning the Heisman in 2013, it can be assured that Manziel is the most qualified candidate by a long shot. The reigning Heisman winner has been the heart and soul of the Texas A&M Aggies and has managed to guide the team to a 8-4 record despite their defense being absolutely awful.
There is no doubting that some will look at this 8-4 record with disdain, but it is also clear when looking at Manziel's resume that he has far outweighed his team's output. In order to further make this case I have compiled the five most compelling reasons why Manziel will repeat as Heisman Trophy winner in 2013, in turn becoming the first repeat winner since Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975.
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5. Top Performances Against Top Teams
During the 2013 season Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M matched up against the No. 2, 3 and 8 ranked teams today in Auburn, Alabama and Missouri. During these three games Manziel was an absolute stud, completing 80 out of 112 passes for 1,113 yards, 10 touchdowns, four interceptions, and rushing for 167 yards with one touchdown. This output accounted for 79.6 percent of Texas A&M's yards and 78.57 percent of their touchdowns, showing he was pretty much a one man show. Suffice to say the quarterback shows up against the big boys, and even the top coaches in college football cannot stop him.
4. Value to Texas A&M
As has been previously noted Manziel was the key cog in Texas A&M's hopes in each and every game they played, and the statistics back this up. The quarterback not only led his team in both passing and rushing yards, but he was responsible for 68.4 percent of their total yards and 61.2 percent of touchdowns scored. For an example of how this stacks up to the competition, Jameis Winston only accounted for 58.3 percent of Florida State's yards and 51.2 percent of touchdowns. There is simply no comparison to be made there in terms of value, and after considering that Texas A&M ranked 89th in the nation in points allowed it is clear that without Manziel they very well could have been 4-8 instead of 8-4.
3. Perseverance Through Injury
On the qualifications list for the Heisman Trophy it is clearly stated,"Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work." While it can be made sure that every player still in the running for the award displayed these traits, Manziel sticks out from the crowd. Coming into training camp he was repeatedly mocked for not being a team player and labeled by many as a one-year wonder before the season even began. From the time Texas A&M began camp, however, it became clear that Manziel was working harder than any other player and the nation and was willing to give his body up for his team. Repeatedly he dived into tackles that would leave many on a stretcher, and even after injuring his shoulder and knee he continued to play with heart and pride that made any A&M fan proud. Whatever one thinks about Manziel, there is no doubting that he has the right attitude on the football field and is willing to give mind, body and soul to make sure his team wins every game.
2. Overall Statistical Output
For the entirety of the 2013 season Johnny Manziel's statistical card reads: 69.1 completion percentage, 3732 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 686 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Among candidates currently left in the running for the Heisman Trophy only Jordan Lynch ranks better in both categories, although this edge could easily hold an asterisk next to it considering Texas A&M plays in the SEC and Northern Illinois in the MAC. After doing this nobody can truly match up with Manziel's output leaving him with a clear edge in pure statistics over the rest of the field.
1. Manziel Is Hands Down the Best Player In the Nation
Ultimately the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the best player in college football, and there is no doubting that Johnny Manziel is that. Every time he touches the ball something amazing almost feels bound to happen as he can both throw the ball all over the field with extreme accuracy and run around defenders with ease. At only 6-foot-1, 210-pounds the quarterback may not be the biggest player on the field, but nobody in college football has the combination of athleticism, football acumen and on-field performance that Manziel carries. Simply put he is the best college football player in the nation, and not awarding him the Heisman Trophy in 2013 would be an absolute travesty.