Heisman Watch: Why Johnny Manziel Deserves the Hype

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2012

Johnny Manziel has 33 total touchdowns on the year.
Johnny Manziel has 33 total touchdowns on the year.Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M to an upset over No. 1 Alabama last Saturday. He can shock the world again by winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

The freshman threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns against the Crimson Tide on his way to a 29-24 victory. Manziel also rushed for 92 yards.

Manziel is breaking records left and right, as the Aggies are now 5-2 in the SEC West, one game behind Alabama.

According to ESPN, Manziel is only the second freshman in FBS history with 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. He is the first rookie quarterback since 1972 to lead his team to a win over the top-ranked team on the road.

ESPN has Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein ranked ahead of Manziel. The Wildcats are 10-0 and first in the Big 12.

Despite Klein’s team having the better record, Manziel is outperforming Klein in many aspects of the game.

Klein has 2,020 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 69.7 completion percentage. Manziel has 2,780 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 67.6 completion percentage.

Manziel is also dominating the ground game. He has 1,014 rushing yards, averaging 6.5 rush yards per carry, and 15 touchdowns.

Johnny Football has matured on the football field in a short period of time. He has nine total touchdowns and zero interceptions since the 24-19 loss to LSU.

Sports Meme posted a picture comparing the two quarterbacks. Along with the standard football stats, Manziel has accomplished things that no other quarterback has done before.

He has three games in which he passed for 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards. Manziel has also received two Capital One Weekly Honors rewards.

In the most recent poles, Klein received 12 first-place votes, while Manziel only received two. Another solid performance by Manziel against the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Saturday should bring in more first-place votes for Manziel.

He is playing unbelievable football, and the win against Alabama launched him into the Heisman talk. Although no freshman has won the award, Johnny Manziel has a great chance to be the first player to end that streak.

The 2012 Heisman race will be interesting to watch with only a couple of weeks remaining in the season. The top two contenders are Klein and Manziel, but there are other players lurking about.

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o are also in the hunt for the award, but if Manziel continues to play the way he has, there won't be any reason to look at other players.