Johnny Manziel highlights three Heisman finalists

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The Heisman Trust announced today that the three finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy will be Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Kansas State’s Collin Klein.

Klein was the leader throughout much of the season, but Manziel enters Saturday as the favorite, after his Heisman moment against Alabama.

There’s a 66 percent chance for a historic outcome, being that a freshman (Manziel) and a defensive player (Te’o) are two of the three finalists.

Here are the numbers from each of the three players:

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (FR)

  • 273 of 400 attempts for 3,419 yards, 24 TDs, eight INTs
  • 1,181 rushing yards for 19 TDs
  • Combined 4,600 total yards and 43 TDs
  • Led the SEC in rushing and would be the first ever freshman to win the Heisman

Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SR)

  • 103 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven INTs

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (SR)

  • 180 of 272 attempts for 2,495 yards, 15 TDs, seven INTs
  • 895 rushing yards for 22 TDs
  • Combined 3,390 yards and 37 TDs

The ceremony will be Saturday night at the Best Buy Theater in New York’s Time Square.

Who do you think should win and why?

Photo Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

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  • Is this really a question? Manzeil all the way.

  • I am just curious why there isn’t anyone else out there who would qualify as a candidate. I’m sure there are linebackers with better numbers than the ND guy as well as quarterbacks with better numbers than Klein. Manziel by a landslide.

  • “Johnny Football…Heisman..give it to him!” – Sam Montgomery

  • I hate the argument that Manziel shouldn’t win because he is a freshman. I think it gives him all the more reason to recieve it. Not to mention there are tons of other defensive players with stats that blow away Te’o. Johnny Heisman all the way.

  • Johnny Football all day long. The only way I see it going to Teo is for the popularity of Notre Dame has nationwide…supposedly. The only reason I can think voters may not give it to the unprecedented first freshman to possibly receive it is because the hype it would build around him in at least his next two seasons. If he wins it this year, even though he deserves it, he will have to live up to the hype the next two seasons or hear how he can’t handle the pressure. It’s a good situation to be in for some. Question is can he handle it? Now give him the trophy already!