Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had his Heisman Trophy moment last Saturday with his performance against Alabama in the Aggies’ 29-24 win.
Kansas State’s Collin Klein remains the Heisman Trophy front-runner, but don’t rule out “Johnny Football.” He made the kind of late-season splash on a huge stage that’s so important in the Heisman voting.
Robert Griffin III probably won the Heisman a year ago with his performance against Oklahoma on the next-to-last weekend of the regular season.
If you look at Manziel’s statistics to this point, he’s right there on par with the last two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks to come out of the SEC -- Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010 and Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2007.
Manziel also compares very favorably to Klein and has faced three teams ranked in the top five nationally in total defense -- No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 LSU and No. 5 Florida.
Here’s a breakdown of Manziel’s numbers through 10 games compared to what Newton and Tebow had done through 10 games during their Heisman Trophy seasons:
Total offense: 3,794 yards
Touchdowns accounted for: 33
Rushing: 1,014 yards, 15 touchdowns, 6.5 yards per carry
Passing: 227-of-336 (67.6 percent), 2,780 yards, 18 touchdowns, six interceptions
Total offense: 3,171 yards
Touchdowns accounted for: 36
Rushing: 1,281 yards, 16 touchdowns, 7.3 yards per carry
Passing: 123-of-183 (67.2 percent), 1,890 yards, 19 touchdowns, five interceptions
Total offense: 3,250 yards
Touchdowns accounted for: 42
Rushing: 718 yards, 19 touchdowns, 4.2 yards per carry
Passing: 173-of- 255 (67.8 percent), 2,532 yards, 23 touchdowns, five interceptions