Sunday, December 09, 2012

Johnny Football it is

As expected:
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman 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 and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third in the voting. Manziel drew 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners. Te'o had 321 first-place votes and 1,706 points and Klein received 60 firsts and 894 points.
So it was close-ish but not really close; Manziel won easily in every region except the Midwest, which Te'o won by a total of three points.

Did he deserve it? Ehhh ... I dunno. In A&M's three games against not-terrible teams, Manziel was meh against Florida, awful against LSU and really freakin' good against Alabama. Since the latter game was in November and was, ya know, against Alabama, that was the one that mattered. Personally, I'd have had Te'o and Klein (not necessarily in that order) first and second on my ballot since Manziel's numbers (a) were necessarily more ridiculous just based on usage/volume and (b) were largely accumulated against terrible defenses, but anything that serves to eliminate some of the stupid voting biases is a net positive.

The caveat: Manziel isn't really a freshman, obviously. There's a not-insignificant difference between being a redshirt freshman and a freshman freshman. He isn't even the youngest player ever to win the thing: Mark Ingram was a couple months younger when he won in '09, and Rashaan Salaam, Tim Tebow, Archie Griffin and Barry Sanders were all pretty close. I don't know what that means; probably something. It also means something that Te'o was only marginally closer to winning than Ndamukong Suh was a couple years ago when he was just destroying worlds; that something is that a defense-only player is never, ever gonna win the thing if there is even a vaguely viable alternative, and Manziel was at least vaguely viable given the ginormous numbers and the Alabama win and the sweet-ass nickname and whatnot.

So Johnny Football it is, which is crazy (regardless of all the stuff written above) since the guy hadn't even won the starting job until August and had never played a down until exactly three months before posing for the picture at the top of this post.


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