The case for Johnny Manziel to win the Heisman (Part II)

by Travis Normand

The following chart shows Johnny Manziel’s stats for the entire 2012 season compared to those of other top Heisman contenders as well as the past ten Heisman winners.

Player Games Played Rush Yds Rush TDs Pass Yds Pass TDs Tot. Off. Rec. Yds Rec. TDs
Johnny Manziel (QB) 12 1181 19 3419 24 4600 na na
Collin Klein (QB) 11 787 20 2306 14 3093 na na
Marqise Lee (WR) 12 106 0 na na 1786 1680 14
Robert Griffin III (QB) 13 699 10 4293 37 4992
Cam Newton (QB) 14 1473 20 2854 30 4327
Mark Ingram (RB) 14 1658 17 n/a n/a 1658
Sam Bradford (QB) 14 47 5 4720 50 4767
Tim Tebow (QB) 13 895 23 3286 32 4181
Troy Smith (QB) 13 204 1 2542 30 2746
Matt Leinart (QB) 13 -44 3 3322 33 3278
Jason White (QB) 13 -56 0 3205 35 3149
Carson Palmer (QB) 13 -122 4 3942 33 3820
Eric Crouch (QB) 12 1115 18 1510 7 2625

Player Games Played Int. Returns Int. Return Yds. Int. Return for TD Fumble Returns Fumble Return Yds Fumble Return for TD Tackles: Ast. Tackles: Solo Sacks: Ast. Sacks: Solo Sacks: Yds. Pass Breakups
Manti Te’o (LB) 12 7 35 0 1 8 0 51 52 1 1 13 4

All stats used in the above table where found here: http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs

*Notes:

  • If you find any typos or inaccuracies, please let me know by posting a comment below and I will update the table ASAP!  Thank you for the help.
  • For a comparison on where Marqise Lee stands in terms of stats/numbers for a wide receiver, compare his numbers to those of Terrance Williams (Baylor) and/or Stedman Bailey (WVU).  
  • Manti Te’o:  For comparing defensive stats, click here for Total Tackles and here for Pass Sacks.

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The following is part of an article that was posted on November 12, 2012 at FootballOutsiders.com (by Matt Hinton).  [emphasis added]

Johnny Manziel had made enough of a name for himself before Saturday to qualify as a revelation against the Crimson Tide –- this is the same guy who broke the SEC record for total yards in a game twice in 14 days -– but if there was any lingering doubt about his place among the nation’s elite quarterbacks as a redshirt freshman, consider it erased. One week after LSU gave the vaunted Bama defense all it could handle in Baton Rouge, Manziel saw the Tigers’ effort and raised them, racking up 345 total yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-31 passing, without a turnover. His efficiency rating, 167.3, was the highest by any passer against Alabama since Cam Newton in 2010; the Aggies’ 29 points are the most Bama has allowed since Utah scored 31 in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, at the end of Saban’s second season. Go ahead and get used to this face, America.

To see the entire article at FootballOutsiders.com, click HERE.

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Manziel Takes Ninth [9th] SEC Freshman Honor:
Manziel passed for 372 yards and rushed for 67 yards as he generated 439 yards of total offense and accounted for five scores before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter.

Texas A&M Athletics
Release: 11/26/2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned his ninth Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honor on Monday after another Heisman Trophy-worthy performance against the Missouri Tigers last Saturday.

The nine SEC freshman weekly awards won by Manziel are easily a record with the previous high being three set by five different players. Manziel, from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, led the Aggies to their 10th win of the season with the 59-29 victory over the Tigers. The Aggies, ranked No. 9 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, finished the regular season with a 10-2 overall record, which was the program’s first 10-win season in more than a decade.

Manziel was also named one of eight Manning Award “Stars of the Week” and fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think is the best performance from the past weekend. Other finalists were Derek Carr of Fresno State, David Fales of San Jose State, Nick Florence of Baylor, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Robert Marve of Purdue and Bryn Renner of North Carolina. Manziel received honorable mention National Quarterback of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards, and SEC Freshman of the Week honors from SouthernPigskin.com.

Manziel passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 67 yards and two scores as he generated 439 yards of total offense and accounted for five scores before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter. He connected on TD passes to seniors Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu and fellow freshman Mike Evans. He scored on a one-yard TD run and an 18-yard scamper.

Early in the game, Manziel completed a 13-yard swing pass to Ben Malena which broke the SEC total offense record of 4,327 set by Auburn’s Cam Newton during his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2010. His two rushing touchdowns gave him 19 for the season, which matched one of the oldest school records in the Texas A&M record book. Joel Hunt originally set the Aggies’ season touchdowns record of 19 in 1927, and it was matched in 1990 by Darren Lewis and in 2006 by Jorvorskie Lane.

Manziel ranks in the top 35 in eight statistical categories in this week’s official NCAA statistics, and leads the SEC in rushing (98.4 yards/G), passing (22.8 completions/G), total offense (383.3 yards/G), scoring (9.5 points/G) and points responsibility (21.5 points/G).

To see this release in it’s original form, click HERE.

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Manziel Earns Eighth [8th] SEC Freshman Weekly Honor
Manziel gained 367 total yards and accounted for five touchdowns in the Aggies’ 47-28 win over Sam Houston State.
Texas A&M Athletics
Release: 11/19/2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for a record eighth time this season on Monday after another strong outing against Sam Houston State last weekend.

The previous high number of SEC freshman weekly honors was three, which was achieved by five players.  Manziel, from Kerrville, Texas, has won the award the past four weeks and after eight of the Aggies’ 11 games in 2012.

Manziel gained 367 total yards and accounted for five touchdowns in the Aggies’ 47-28 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday. Manziel rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and completed 16-of-20 passes for 267 yards and three scores before exiting the game after the first drive of the third quarter.

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
JOHNNY MANZIEL
Quarterback
TEXAS A&M

  • Manziel completed 14-of-20 passes for 267 yards with three touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 47-28 win over Sam Houston State.
  • Manziel became the first SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
  • He logged his eighth straight game with 300-or-more total yards, while breaking the school record for total offense in a season (4,161 yards).

To see this release in it’s original form, click HERE.

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