johnny manziel & heisman trophy

Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, poses with the Heisman Trophy he was awarded on Saturday, 12-08-12.

*For the first time, a freshman Johnny Manziel – has won college football’s most coveted prize on a personal level, the Heisman trophy.

And it was achieved by the guy they call “Johnny Football.”

Manziel, the freshman quarterback for Texas A&M, became the first newcomer to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football’s top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o finished a distant second in the voting and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third. In a Heisman race with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel broke through the class ceiling and kept Te’o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the award.

”That barrier’s broken now,” Manziel said. ”It’s starting to become more of a trend that freshmen are coming in early and that they are ready to play. And they are really just taking the world by storm.”

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