The projected second place finisher is a linebacker for the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana: Manti Te’o. Te’o, a native of Hawaii, has been a front runner for a good part of the season, especially after playing through the tragic losses of his grandmother and girlfriend in the same week. As a senior, he has been the leader of the Notre Dame defense and at many times the rallying cry for the whole team. He has helped the Irish to a 12-0 season, its first #1 ranking since the Lou Holtz era, and a bid in the BCS championship game against #2 Alabama. On the season he has compiled 101 total tackles, 46 of which were solo tackles including 2 sacks, and 7 interceptions. In my opinion this award belongs to Te’o however, I think the projected first place finisher takes home the hardware. If he were to win he would be the first defensive player since Michigan’s Charles Woodson to win the award. Just think about the irony in that situation.
Johnny Manziel or Johnny Football as he is known colloquially is expected to win the award tonight. As the freshman quarterback at Texas A&M he has put together a more than amazing season. He has compiled a QB rating of 155.9, throwing 24 TDs for 3419 yards and only 8 interceptions. He also rushed for 1181 yards and 19 TDs. He also led the Aggies to an enormous win over then #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa (AL) and a bid against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. As the winner, he would be the first freshman to ever win the award and based on the numbers I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he won. As I mentioned I’m expecting him to win. Of course I’ve been wrong before. Last year I projected Andrew Luck to take home the trophy but a last game explosion by RG3 won the committee over. After 13 games this season, I will say both have proven to be stellar starting QBs.
No matter who wins the award tonight all three candidates have put together outstanding seasons and careers and all deserve it. Thanks for tuning in for another weekend Briefing. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend and be sure to check back next week for another edition.
Johnny Manziel becomes the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy by roughly 300 votes over Manti Te'o. Congratulations to Johnny Football on an amazing year and it looks likes quarterbacks and running backs are still favored for the award. Also, congratulations to Manti Te'o and Collin Klein on awe inspiring seasons.