Manti Te'o's Heisman bid started as a pipe dream in mid-September, when the linebacker received plenty of national attention for his outstanding performances against Michigan State and Michigan while dealing with a devastating tragedy. A month later, Te'o's Heisman chances became legitimate when he intercepted Landry Jones in Norman, sealing Notre Dame's biggest win in nearly two decades. And after Notre Dame beat USC to finish its first undefeated regular season in 24 years, the argument became loud and clear:
If Te'o doesn't get the Heisman Trophy, no defensive player ever will. "If a guy like Manti Te'o's not going to win the Heisman, they should just make it an offensive award," coach Brian Kelly said in Los Angeles. . . . On Thursday, Te'o broke Charles Woodson's record for most awards won in a single season. In winning the Maxwell Award -- Te'o's sixth -- he topped Woodson's five won in 1997. One of those awards won by Woodson was the Heisman Trophy, although Te'o is hardly a slam dunk to to win college football's most prestigious honor.
Te'o earned an invite to the Heisman presentation in New York as one of three finalists, meaning he'll be the first defensive player who didn't play offense or special teams to have a top-three Heisman finish since Pittsburgh's Hugh Green in 1980. A handful of defense-only players have finished in the top four -- most recently, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh -- while Alex Karras and Green are the only two defenders to finish in the top three without playing on offense.
Woodson is heralded as the last defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, but his bid was aided by his explosive returning ability and moonlighting as a receiver. Te'o doesn't have any of that -- his impact comes only on the defensive side of the ball. And it's a been a huge impact, one that has propelled Notre Dame to an undefeated season and bid in the BCS Championship. . . . So what doesn't make him Heisman Trophy material?
It's [not] exactly about what Te'o is lacking, it's about what Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has done. It's Manziel -- not Cam Newton, not Tim Tebow -- who holds the SEC record for total offense, racking up 4,600 yards in his redshirt freshman campaign. With a new coach and new quarterback, Texas A&M actually wound up averaging more points per game this year against fearsome SEC defenses than they did last year against the Swiss cheese defenses of the Big 12, and that was with Ryan Tannehill as the team's quarterback. . . . Manziel is a deserving candidate. So is Te'o. But only one can win the award -- and all signs point to Manziel . . . In a situation where there are multiple deserving candidates, one will get snubbed. This year, that guy is likely to be Te'o, and he just so happens to play defense. . . .
Young Manziel, veteran Te'o develop kinship in Heisman spotlight
. . . . Over the past two days, Manziel also has struck up a kinship with Te'o, as the two Heisman leaders have leaned on each other in the hysteria surrounding college football's most coveted individual award.
"I thought he might stuff me in a locker and beat up on me a little bit," Manziel said, chuckling about the upperclassman Te'o, who's 55 pounds heavier and an inch taller. "But to find out how good we click has been awesome. … I told him, 'You're the veteran in all of this, and I'm the little pup.'" . . . .
"He's a cool guy who loves to chill and be with his family, and he doesn't like the spotlight too much," Te'o said. "He's just like me."
Originally posted by shortcircuitI think you know they answer to your question. It has definitely happened before that the same player is not awarded both the Maxwell and Heisman. After all, different voters.
Te'o already won the Maxwell, which is supposed to be the player of the year.
I am just curious how the "player of the year" was not "the best player"?
Originally posted by moon1969That's a load of crap! Johnny Manziel for Heisman put this out comparing A&M’s Dat Nguyen’s numbers with Manti Te’o. Nguyen had 147 tackles, Te’o 103. Nguyen 20 tackles for loss, Teo 5.5. Nguyen had 4 interceptions, Te’o 7. Nguyen had 4 sacks, Te’o 2. Nruyen had 4 forced fumbles, Te’o…zero. Nguyen had 1 touchdown to Te’o…zero. Nguyen’s team went 11-2, won the Big XII Championship and defeated number 2 ranked Oklahoma and number 1 ranked Kansas State in the Big XII title game. Dat Nguyen wasn’t considered for the Heisman but his numbers are better. Manti T'eo is an overinflated player not even the best defensive player in college this year. Just look at Georgia's middle linebacker's stats and compare. Manti T'eo is not even the best LB in college!
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