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Johnny Football (Manziel) of Texas A&M (beat Alabama, and their two losses were close against Florida and LSU) apparently has a decent shot to win the Heisman. And he is a redshirt freshman.
Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel leads Scripps Heisman Poll
In its 77-year history, the Heisman Trophy has never been given to a freshman. But "Johnny Football" has never been on the Heisman ballot before. Texas A&M's freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, is poised to make history when this year's Heisman Trophy is awarded on Dec. 8. He leads the Scripps Heisman Poll with 47 points, receiving first-place votes from eight of the 10 pollsters. . . .
Manziel has another chance to impress the Heisman voters this Saturday when Texas A&M (9-2, 9th in BCS rankings) hosts Missouri (5-6). . . .
The Scripps poll is the longest running Heisman poll in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, it has correctly picked the Heisman winner in its final weekly poll 21 of 25 years, including Robert Griffin III last year. Ten Heisman voters each selected five players this week, and points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points for a first-place vote, four points for second, etc.
This week's top five:
Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes in parentheses).
1. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 3,047 passing yards, 67.7 completion pct., 21 TDs, 7 ints., 1,114 rushing yards, 17 TDs, 47 (8).
2. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 2,306 passing yards, 69.7 completion pct., 12 TDs, 3 interceptions, 787 rushing yards, 20 TDs, 32 (1).
3. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 98 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered, 1.5 sacks, 27 (1).
4. WR/KR Marqise Lee, USC, 107 receptions, 1,605 yards, 14 TDs, 704 return yards, 1 TD, 107 rushing yards, 11.
5. RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 1,426 rushing yards, 19 TDs, 19 receptions, 1 TD, 10.