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Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel Is A Heisman Trophy Winner

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in the 78-year history of the Heisman Trophy to win the award Saturday night in New York.

“It’s so humbling for me to be the first freshman to win and really make history. I can’t explain it. It’s just truly so awesome, something I’m so, so pumped about,” said Manziel.

The Aggies quarterback received 474 first-place votes, 153 more than Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who finished second.  Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein finished third.

In his acceptance speech, Manziel took time to mention former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and former quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley.  “Without [them] giving me a chance at A&M none of this would be possible,” Manziel said. “I’m so thankful for them. Those guys are still people I hold near and dear to my heart.”

Manziel won five of the six voting regions.  South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney received four first-place votes.  Georgia’s Jarvis Jones received one.

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UGA’s Jones Lands SEC, National Honors

For those who missed it, Georgia’s Jarvis Jones showed Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson what “old man” football was all about during the Dawgs’ 41-20 win in Columbia on Saturday.  The outside linebacker recorded — get this — two sacks, five quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, an interception and nine tackles.

It was an amazing performance from one of the SEC’s true standouts.  If ever someone deserved the description “one-man wrecking crew,” it was Jones on Saturday.  And his actions have earned him the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week award as well as the Walter Camp National Player of the Week honor.

Jones also wowed Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel with his explosive effort:


“He is a great player.  Going in, you try to contain the guy but he was all over the field and he is just a great player…

We saw him like that against everybody (on tape).  You try to adjust calls you make, you try to get yourself into a position to get rid of the football or run the football or do different things.  But give him credit.  He is a great football player.”


Indeed he is.  And he didn’t even have to trash talk about Missouri to the media in order to gain attention.  Perhaps Missouri’s Richardson should take note of that before he decides to pop off again.

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