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2012 Heisman Trophy: No Matter Who Wins, Manti Te’o Will Be Better in the Long Run

After all of the anticipation, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will be announced as the three finalists come down to Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o, and Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein. With all due respect to Klein, it’s safe to say that the award will most likely go to Manziel or Te’o–but does it really matter who wins in the long run?

What Manziel has accomplished this year has been nothing short of amazing as the freshman set an SEC record for total yards (4,600) and 43 total touchdowns as the Aggies looked strong in their first season in the conference with a 10-2 overall record. As for Te’o, his 101 total tackles to go along with two sacks and seven interceptions has played a big role in helping the Irish go undefeated with one of the most difficult schedules in the country to earn a spot in the National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

As much as Notre Dame fans don’t want to hear it, offensive players seem to have an advantage over the defensive ones when it comes to winning the Heisman–which is why all signs point to Manziel taking home the award on Saturday despite Notre Dame’s accomplishments. However, even if Te’o does finish in second on Saturday–there’s no question he’ll be better off in the long run when it comes down to which player will be more successful in the NFL.

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