Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A

Johnny Manziel Becomes First Freshman to Win Manning Award


Texas A&M Aggies freshman quarterback continues to add to his trophy case and college football legacy as one of the greatest freshman to play the game. Not only did Manziel become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and headline the First-Team All-American squad, but Manziel become the first freshman to pick up another honor.

Manziel became the first freshman signal-caller to take home the Manning Award. He is also the first unanimous selection in the award’s history.

“On behalf of my family, I would like to congratulate Johnny Manziel on his outstanding season,” Archie Manning said, according to the Times-Picayune. “It is very difficult for a young player to make the transition to college football, and Johnny not only made the transition seamlessly, he turned in the best year of any quarterback in the country. I would also like to thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl for all of its support and for creating this honor to recognize a great quarterback each year.”

Manziel beat out fellow finalists Matt Barkley, Tajh Boyd, Collin Klein, Jordan Lynch, Marcus Mariota, AJ McCarron, Braxton Miller, Aaron Murray and Geno Smith to take home the honor.

Johnny Football finished the 2012 campaign with 3,706 passing yards, 1,410 rushing yards and 47 rushing touchdowns. It truly is one of the most historic seasons in college football history. Like many other college football fans, I can’t wait to see Manziel suit up next season and lead the Aggies on the gridiron.

Congrats to Johnny Football on completing an incredible season.

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