NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel created history on Saturday night when he won the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
The Aggies star, backed by many to beat out his rivals for the prestigious individual college football award, became the first freshman to win the Heisman.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o finished second with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein taking third.
Manziel collected 474 first-place votes to become only the second player from Texas A&M to capture the Heisman Trophy, and first since John David Crow walked away with the honor in 1957.
There were few who doubted that he would win the award this year, following his impressive showing during the season.
Manziel, who just turned 20-years-old, broke Cam Netwon’s Southeastern Conference (SEC) record with 4,600 total yards this campaign, while helping Texas A&M to an impressive 10-2 record in their first SEC season.
By landing the award, Manziel bettered the previous best finish by a freshman.
Adrian Peterson, a former Oklahoma star, finished second to Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004.
Leinart, at the time was a junior.
Peterson had backed Manziel to win the Heisman Trophy, saying he was the best player this season and deserves it.