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A&M’s Sumlin Says “Compare The Numbers” When Pushing Manziel For Heisman

Here’s a quick and easy way to end most arguments: Do the math.  And that happens to be the view of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin when it comes to the Heisman Trophy campaign of redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel:


“Compare his numbers to anyone who’s played the game — they speak for themselves.”


Okay, let’s check him against the last five Heisman winners.


  Season   Player   School   Position   Total Offense   Touchdowns
  2007   Tim Tebow   Florida   QB (13 games)   4,181 yards   55
  2008   Sam Bradford   Oklahoma   QB (14 games)   4,767 yards   55
  2009   Mark Ingram   Alabama   RB (14 games)   1,992 yards   20
  2010   Cam Newton   Auburn   QB (14 games)   4,327 yards   51
  2011   Robert Griffin III   Baylor   QB (13 games)   4,992 yards   47
  2012   Johnny Manziel   Texas A&M   QB (11 games)   4,161 yards   38


Now let’s compare Manziel to this season’s top five total offense leaders.


  Rank   Player   School   Position   Total Offense   Touchdowns
  1   Johnny Manziel   Texas A&M   QB (11 games)   4,161 yards   38
  2   Jordan Lynch   N. Illinois   QB (11 games)   4,086 yards   38
  3   Rakeem Cato   Marshall   QB (11 games)   3,913 yards   33
  4   Colby Cameron   Louisiana Tech   QB (11 games)   3,861 yards   31
  5   Nick Florence   Baylor   QB (10 games)   3,838 yards   34
  6   Tajh Boyd   Clemson   QB (11 games)   3,833 yards   41


For the record, this writer doesn’t care much for the Heisman Trophy because there is no official criteria used to determine the winner.  One year voters will base their decision on stats — and that would certainly aid Manziel this season — while another year they’ll vote for the best player on the best team.  Only one defensive player has ever won the award (Michigan’s Charles Woodson) but his all-purpose numbers were trumped by another defensive back just a couple of years later (Georgia’s Champ Bailey) and that player didn’t even sniff the Heisman.  So in our book, it’s the most over-hyped award in a sport filled with over-hyped awards.

But if you go by the numbers, Sumlin’s right.  If the Heisman is going to go to the guy with the best stats this year, the winner should be Manziel.


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by definition, the award is supposed to go to the most outstanding player in college football.  voters' perspectives on what that exactly is vary each year, but by that definition if you had to submit a vote for this year's heisman winner, who would it be?

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