Manziel Heisman favorite?

Manziel Heisman favorite?
December 3, 2012, 7:00 pm
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Cannon on Manziel for Heisman

November 10, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) stiff arms Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deion Belue (13) during the first quarter at Bryant Denny Stadium.

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It is always fun to listen to the Heisman Trophy debate throughout the college football season as candidates get weeded out, and that brings us to this year's last men standing as finalists for college football's top honor:

Texas A&M quarterback, redshirt freshman phenom Johnny Manziel (or “Johnny Football” or "Heismanziel depending on who you ask) is the favorite. Manziel led his team to a 10-2 record, including a marquee win over then No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, in the Aggies' first year in the Southeastern Conference. He would be the first-ever freshman to win the Heisman. The highest previous finish by a freshman came in 2004 when Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson finished second to USC quarterback Matt Leinart. Manziel would also be the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school's lone Heisman in 1957.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is trying to become the first defense-only player to win a Heisman. He is a big reason whey the Fighting Irish had an undefeated season and will play Alabama in the BCS National Championship game. Te'o would be the eighth Heisman winner from Notre Dame, although Tim Brown was the last to do so for the Irish in 1987.  

Kansas State dual-threat quarterback Collin Klein led the Wildcats to an 11-1 record, a share of the Big 12 title and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Oregon. He would be the first Wildcat to win the Heisman.