Texas A&M freshman Manziel wins Heisman Trophy
(CNN) — Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy on Saturday.
Manziel, whose exploits led to his being dubbed “Johnny Football,” is the first freshman to win the Heisman, college football’s most prestigious award.
He bested a field of finalists that included Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
Manziel amassed 43 touchdowns rushing and passing this year, and his 4,600 yards smashed the Southeastern Conference record for total offense.
But beyond the numbers, what put Manziel on the map was his play in Texas A&M’s improbable November win against Alabama, ranked No.1 in the nation at the time.
The Heisman Trophy is voted on by hundreds of media members and past winners.
By the CNN Wire Staff
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