Most people consider the Heisman Trophy race to be down to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. At least one ESPN personality is sticking with last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“I’m staying with Johnny Manziel and here’s why,” ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said on SportsCenter. “He has played better than anyone else and not only that, we can’t take our eyes off of him. The Heisman goes to the most outstanding player, not the most outstanding team. As a longtime Heisman voter I criticize my fellow colleagues because we get caught up in who won, who lost, you’re out.
“The bottom line is, Johnny Manziel is still the best player in the country. His team has lost twice but I’m sticking with him right now.”
When the fact that Manziel has thrown seven interceptions and Mariota has thrown none, Finebaum had an answer.
“He hasn’t play Alabama,” Finebaum said.
“The bottom line is this — he’s played spectacularly,” Finebaum said. “In spite of what I said and what others said, he has shut us all up. To that I give him a lot of credit. He’s not only played with pain as we saw against Auburn but he’s played against all odds.”