Saturday, December 8, 2012
Congratulations to Johnny Manziel, But Manti Te'o Is Still The Man
Manti Te'o has followed his remarkable season with a remarkable postseason winning five awards(Butkus, Lombardi, Nagurski, Bednarik, and Maxwell). Te'o was also a finalist for the Heisman which is an award that usually goes to a quarterback and has never gone to a defense only player. Charles Woodson did win but he played offense and special teams as well for Michigan.
Although Te'o did come up short in winning the Heisman to Johnny Manziel of Texas A + M, he did make history with the award. He got the most first place votes (321) and most points (1,706) ever by a defense only player.
Manziel also made history as well being the first freshman to win the award. Te'o was the guy we wanted to win, but Manziel did have stats that were just too good to ignore. He threw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns. Those numbers are better than Cam Newton's and Tim Tebow's and to do that as a freshman was just flat out too impressive to ignore.
Not only that, but also his victory over Alabama pretty much made him the frontrunner.
Te'o did make it close and although Collin Klein of Kansas State was invited to the party, the contest was really only between two players.
All three players deserve to be congratulated, Good Luck to Klein in the Fiesta Bowl and to Manziel in the Cotton Bowl. Te'o will be busy in Miami fighting for the title that matters most.