The Heisman Trophy is the MVP (most valuable player) award for college football. It has been around since 1935. The Heisman has been won by some of the best football players of all time, like Barry Sanders, Bo Jackson, OJ Simpson and Marcus Allen. This year the Heisman race is very close with great candidates, such as Kansas State’s Collin Klein, Texas A&M’s Johnny (Johnny Football) Manziel, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor, USC’s Marqise Lee, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner, Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, Arizona’s Ke’Deem Casey, and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch. Of all these possible Heisman winners there are 2 of them who really stand out, making this essentially a two player race between Collin Klein and Johnny Manziel.
On November 10th, Johnny Manziel led his #15 Texas A&M Aggiespast then #1 ranked Alabama 29-24. Texas A&M is currently ranked #9 in the BCS poll. Collin Klein’s Kansas State Wildcats’team was ranked #1 for one week this season and then suffered a lopsided loss to unranked Baylor 52-24. Now Kansas State is ranked #6. Against Alabama Manziel ran for 92 yards and threw for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. In Kansas State’s loss to Baylor, Klein threw for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns but had 3 interceptions.
Johnny Manziel should be the Heisman Trophy winner this year because he has more touchdowns, more completions and more total yards than Collin Klein. Texas A&M’s win against Alabama completely changed the overall BCS rankings this season. Manziel’s performance in the game against Alabama was the most important one of the year because it knocked Alabama out of the #1 ranking and created a revolving door atop the BCS rankings for weeks to come.
So in addition to being the best quarterback in college football, Manziel also had the biggest impact on the season with his play against Alabama.
His nickname should be changed from Johnny Football to Johnny Heisman!