Jeff Gravley

My Heisman vote went to...

Posted December 10, 2012

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel got my Heisman vote and there wasn’t much internal debate. What he did this year in the toughest conference in football was enough to earn my vote, regardless of his classification.

All the redshirt freshman did was combine for 4,600 yards and 44 touchdowns. He passed for 3,419 and rushed for 1,181. The year Cam Newton won the Heisman, he amassed 4,327 total yards and 50 touchdowns. In 2007, Tim Tebow’s Heisman winning year, he was responsible for an astounding 55 touchdowns and a total of 4,181 yards.

I don’t measure a player by stats alone, but Johnny Football put up some staggering numbers thanks to some amazing plays.

Remember the Alabama game when the ball popped loose as he dropped back? Menziel grabbed it, scrambled to his left and threw back right, across his body to a wide-open receiver in the back of the endzone - Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24.

In that game, Manziel passed for 253 yards and covered 92 yards on the ground. His 345 yards was more than 10 TEAMS got on the Tide’s top-ranked defense this season.

So the legend of Johnny Football grows.


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  • OGE Dec 11, 2012

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    You are obviously ignorant... have you ever looked at the official definition of who the Heisman is supposed to go to? Stats and winning one big game against Alabama are only part of it.

    Clearly his arrest should say something about his character... but then again he does play in the SEC.

  • Objective Scientist Dec 11, 2012

    Someone else made a suggestion in their comments that leads me to make a further suggestion. Have a Heisman for: 1) Best QB; 2) Best RB; 3) Best OL; 4) Best PR; 5) Best DL; 6) Best DB; etc., etc. Otherwise, based on the history of this award, football players who do not play QB or RB have virtually no chance of winning the award. Also... with regard to the current winner having been arrested and presenting a false ID - I did not know that. If that is indeed true - how is "...with integrity" defined? What is the line between "with integrity" and "without integrity"? Clearly - the most recent/current example tells us that being arrested and presenting false ID to a LEO falls on the side of "with integrity"... a real, genuine conundrum! But... what else is new in this truly crazy, upside-down, inside-out world of sports in our country?

  • Objective Scientist Dec 11, 2012

    "The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity." That statement is verbatim from the Heisman Trust/Organization website. It may seem as if I "play with semantics" or "parse words", but I believe it should be renamed to reflect the fact that it is - for all practical purpose - an award recognizing the best OFFENSIVE football player... or even an award recognizing the best QUARTERBACK! The history of the award and its recipients provide the foundation for my belief.

  • Boogalooboy Dec 11, 2012

    bggnet, sorry didn't know that... wuz he found guilty??

  • baldchip Dec 11, 2012

    Manziel was statistically the best player. Manziel made more difference to his team than the other 2 combined.

    I'm sure hoping he will stay in school and get some maturity. I has alot of talent, but he -nor the NFL-need a 20 year old trying to play QB.

  • StunGunn Dec 11, 2012

    All three players were deserving, but if I had a vote, I would have voted for Manziel as well; his stats were amazing.

  • sag1981 Dec 11, 2012

    a college kid gets in a fight and has a fake ID at the age of 19?! OH MY LAWDDDD color me shocked. Move along dude. -____-

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  • Glory Dec 10, 2012

    Do you really have to write an article for validation? I guess so. The only standard for the Heisman is being a QB or RB period.

  • Hammerhead Dec 10, 2012

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    Would he announce his vote if he had not picked the winner? A lot of voters announce their pick. Even most of us ignoramuses picked Johnny Football.

  • Banned by Sissies Dec 10, 2012

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    That is good stuff! But I would like to know why anyone would care who he voted for. And, the Heisman lost its luster decades ago anyway.





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