By: Jonathan Bennett
The Heisman Trophy is among the most prestigious recognition awards football players at the college level can get. The majority of past recipients go on to have successful careers in the NFL. Bloomberg Businessweek reports the wait for this year’s winner is almost over, and many are excited to see if a freshman could take home the honors for the first time in its history.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel could be the first freshman to take home the Heisman Trophy after his impressive first year on the team. Manziel has earned the recognition as he totaled 4,600 yards offensively, breaking the Southeastern Conference record, the news source reports. The young athlete passed for 3,319 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,181 and scoring 19 times.
Manziel is humbled by the praise and credits his coaches and teammates for helping him succeed.
“This is a dream come true for me, and I know it’s a credit to all my coaches and teammates,” Manziel said in a statement. “I definitely wouldn’t be a Heisman finalist without my teammates and coaches.”
ESPN reports Manziel is up against Manti Te’o, a linebacker out of Notre Dame and Collin Klein, quarterback for Kansas State.
The winner will be selected on December 8.