5 Reasons Why Johnny Manziel Will Not Win the Heisman Trophy
5 Reasons Why Johnny Manziel Won't Win the Heisman
Johnny Manziel had a stellar freshman season last year, helping Texas A&M traverse the SEC to their best finish in the BCS era. Almost out of nowhere, the freshman sensation was the poster-boy of college football, creating plays out of nothing and even handing the titans in Tuscaloosa their only loss of the year.
The Aggies finished the season with an 11-2 record, stomped Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and to top it all off, Manziel went on to become the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
It truly was a special year in College Station. Manziel earned himself the nickname Johnny Football for his ability to make something out of nothing. The sky surely appeared to be the limit for the Texas native, but 2012 is about as good as it got.
A troubled offseason saw Manziel make his way into the news for all the wrong reasons, specifically an autograph debacle that screamed Cam Newton. The season looked to be a favorable one for A&M despite losing key players to the NFL draft. Manziel’s favorite target and all-around record breaker, Ryan Swope, All-American tackle Luke Joeckel, and some other key Aggies took their talents to the next level.
The year started off bad and ended worse. An 8-4 record and a Chick-fil-A Bowl is all that Manziel could bring Texas A&M in 2013. Maybe expectation was the problem; maybe teams were better able to game plan for him. Either way, this was a season to forget for Johnny Football.
The Heisman Memorial Trophy will be awarded on Saturday, December 14. All of the players arguably merit their inclusion in the final six, yet Manziel’s addition seems ludicrous if not downright lazy by Heisman voters when players like Ka’Deem Carey were not even listed.
Here are five reasons why Johnny Manziel will not win the Heisman Trophy for a second time.
5. Competition for the Trophy
Manziel will be competing with players who've really dominated this season. There are players like Jameis Winston and Andre Williams, who've really dominated their specific positions, and Tre Mason, a back that has really gotten better as the year progressed.
With the star-studded lineup of 2013, Johnny Football just didn't do enough to cut it this year.
Johnny Manziel's passing yards and touchdowns are actually up from last season, but so are his interceptions.
He has also been far less effective rushing, accruing only eight touchdowns on the ground compared to his 21 from last season.
Last year Johnny Manziel had a breakout season capped by an improbable upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This year hasn't been bad, but it hasn't been great either.
An 8-4 record and a Chick-fil-A Bowl is quite a letdown after things were looking so good in College Station a year ago.
What the Heisman looks for in a candidate is not only a stellar athlete, but one who plays the game with integrity. Now, that being said, the trophy doesn't always follow its mission statement; lest we forget Cam Newton.
Manziel did not do himself any favors by making the news in the offseason for all the wrong reasons. First, it was an underage drinking problem, which is not really surprising for a college student, but then there was the autograph debacle.
If things weren't bad enough, in his first game against Rice after being suspended the first half, he proceeded to trash talk with a defensive player while making a money sign with his hands. Some good that did.
1. Ranked Team/Conference Record
8-4 overall isn't great, but it's not the end of the world. What is the end of the Heisman road is a 4-4 conference record, and worse, an 0-4 record against ranked teams.
Yes, in the infinitely deep SEC, a top team only played four ranked teams. Let that sink in.