NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is one of three finalists nominated for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, but several of his pairs is already backing him as the man who should lift the trophy.
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The 2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner at the Home Depot College Football Awards this week, is in a field that includes two seniors, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who just captured the Maxwell and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, but as far as some are concerned, the redshirt freshman should win it.
“The Heisman is supposed to go to the most outstanding player in all of college football,” said West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey.
“I think Johnny Manziel is pretty deserving of it. He’s a great player. He’s a winner.
“I don’t think it should matter if you’re a freshman….. If you’re the most outstanding player in the country, then that’s what you are.”
Former Oklahoma running back and NFL standout Adrian Peterson, who, as a freshman, finished second to USC quarterback Matt Leinart, who was a junior that season.
Peterson, also echoed that it shouldn’t matter what year in school you’re in, the Heisman should go to the best college football player, and he feels Manziel deserves the award.
“Hopefully, they don’t rob him like they did me,” Peterson said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I hope he wins.”
In the midst of this, however, the man who dominated a sample voting poll, remains calm.
“It goes to the most outstanding player in college football,” Manziel said.
“If that happens to be me, then that’s something that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. If not, then that’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles, I guess.”