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Another Award for Johnny Football: Manziel Named AP Player of the Year

By December 19, 2012

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With a name like "Johnny Football," he had to be good.

But this good?

On Tuesday, Texas A&M's freshman sensation, Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, picked up another honor when he was named Associated Press player of the year. Manziel won the award over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Te'o, it must be said, would have been a deserving winner as well, but Manziel's accomplishments this season simply could not be ignored. As a true freshman playing in the brutal SEC, Manziel was utterly spectacular, throwing for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushing for 1,181 yards and another 19 scores.

The numbers alone were pretty impressive, but Manziel probably locked up the Heisman--and all of the other awards he has won and will win yet--with his stunning performance in A&M's 29-24 upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Facing Nick Saban's famously relentless defense, Manziel was completely undaunted. He threw for 253 yards and two scores and rushed for 92 as A&M shocked the Tide, turning the national title race on its head (well, at least for a week).

By season's end, Manziel had racked up 4,600 total yards--more than any player in SEC history.

The awards, then, were inevitable. And, yes, richly deserved, too.

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