A Freshman Phenom: 2012 Heisman Winner Johnny Manziel

The 2012 season just ended for Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel. This is what he accomplished in his first full season starting: 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner and the first freshman to win the Davy O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Manziel was Freshman of the yr in the SEC and SEC Offensive Player of the yr.  He also was an All-American as well. All this for a guy who was competing just for a shot to start at Quarterback for the Aggies.

He won the starting job over Jamiell Showers and then just took off. He lost his first start against Florida but played well. He ran off five straight victories against: SMU, South Carolina State, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss. With each victory the legend of “Johnny Football” started to get bigger and bigger. Every week he would turn in spectacular plays that would make your jaw drop. He would out run the defense or fire a bullet for a touchdown pass.

He lost in a big test against LSU and turned the ball over three times but it would be the last time Manziel played bad. Against #1 Alabama, he launched himself into the Heisman lead. He frustrated a vaunted Alabama Defense that is coached by defensive stall worth Nick Sabin. In that game Manziel accounted for 345 total yards. He threw for over 250 with two touchdowns and ran for 92 yards. The Texas A&M Aggies upset #1 Alabama 29-24 in Tuscaloosa.

In the game against Alabama what impressed me the most about Manziel was his ability to stay cool in the pocket with defenders draped all over him. One play that sticks out in my mind was when Alabama had a huge blitz coming for him. He stood in the pocket, got blasted and fired a strike for what turned out to be the game winning touchdown.

Against Missouri, he craved them up throwing for over 370 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for two more td’s. He tore defenses left and right in College Football most demanding conference the SEC. In the Cotton Bowl against old rival Oklahoma, he put on another sensational performance. Manziel threw for over 280 yards with 2 touchdowns. He also ran for over 225 yards with two rushing td’s.  Manziel is already the leader of his team and it helps that he is protected by one of the best offensive lines in College Football.

They say everything is bigger in Texas which with every game his stature grows larger on a national scale. On December 8th 2012, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He is the only freshman to win that award. What is even more crazy is that he achieved so much as a freshman and College Football fans have at least two seasons to see how Johnny Football grows and develops.

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