Johnny Football’s Going to Win Heisman

Update: The Stiff Arm Trophy website calls it for the Texas A&M QB, its earliest ever projection. The Tyler/Kerrville native will take the home the Heisman Trophy Saturday. 
Fri December 7, 2012 10:15 pm
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The Stiff Arm Trophy website has  called the Heisman Trophy race for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

To all those impatient Aggie fans out there: This is the earliest projection I think we’ve ever made. Typically, we wait until Friday afternoon. Sometimes, Saturday morning. And, when it was Ingram/Gerhart/McCoy/Suh/Tebow, it was about 90 minutes before the start of the Heisman presentation.

Drum roll, please… It’s Johnny Manziel, with 81% of the points possible. That’s 81% of the way toward a unanimous first-place selection. That number may be slightly inflated, but regardless, he’ll likely finish somewhere in the top six or seven  biggest Heisman winners ever - somewhere between Desmond Howard and Cam Newton. (Lots more  historical Heisman stats here.)…

Congrats to Johnny Manziel and everyone in Aggieland. Exactly 40 years after freshmen were allowed to play varsity college football, a freshman willl win the Heisman Trophy. Extraordinary.

Manziel was also on top in the final Scripps Heisman poll.

Original post, December 5

Is it too early to say Johnny Football will be Johnny Heisman? Not if the Nate Silvers of the college football world are right. 

While USA Today’s survey of 37 voters from the USA Today Sports Media Group (which includes the Gannett newspapers, as well TV stations and websites) shows a “dead heat” between Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, that poll

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