For you to earn my consideration for the Heisman Trophy, three things have to be in your favor. First, your team has to finish as the best or second-best team in the nation. That means that your team will play for the BCS National Championship Game.
Second, you have to record great numbers. Last, you have to be considered the most exciting and most dominant football player in the country.
Does Kansas State's Collin Klein stack up against Johnny Manziel and Manti Te'o in these three categories? No.
Here is a deeper look into why Klein will finish third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Collin Klein: 2,490 yards passing, 15 TD, 7 INT, 890 yards rushing, 22 TD
Johnny Manziel: 3,419 yards passing, 24 TD, 8 INT, 1,181 yards rushing, 19 TD
Manti Te'o: 103 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 7 INT, TD
Klein's numbers are good but don't quite mirror Manziel's at the quarterback position. Obviously, Te'o is completely different because he's a defensive player.
If you had to choose a Heisman winner simply by numbers, who would it be? Most people wouldn't say Klein and they would be correct.
Kansas State: 11-1
Texas A&M: 10-2
Notre Dame: 12-0
Not much of a difference here, but clearly Notre Dame's unblemished record boosts Te'o to the top of this category.
However, Klein does have a slight edge over Johnny Football and the Aggies.
This category is simply what you believe. Forget about his delivery or his characteristics at the position. Did he make you believe he was the best player in the nation?
I don't think he did that enough.
Te'o certainly has played like the best player in the country this season. He has made big plays in big moments, provided big numbers and inspired his teammates to bring to the field on a weekly basis the same enthusiasm he does.
And finally we come to Manziel.
Manziel has provided great moment after great moment this season. Whether it's defeating Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa or his performance against Louisiana Tech, Manziel was the best player in college football for the majority of the season.
After considering Manziel's statistics, his team's record and whether or not he was the best player in football this season, he is my selection as the Heisman Trophy winner.
How I would vote
1. Johnny Manziel
2. Manti Te'o
3. Collin Klein
This will be a close race between Manziel and Te'o but I have to give the edge to Johnny Football.
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