It's not just the 4,600 total yards or the 43 touchdowns. It's the way he went into Tuscaloosa, extended plays against the nation's top defense and led the Aggies to three first-quarter touchdowns in a 29-24 win. The speed with which Manziel plays made the Crimson Tide uncomfortable.
A&M led the SEC in scoring (44.8), rushing (235.1) and passing (317.2) and racked up 40 more first downs than second-place Tennessee. Manziel was the biggest reason why.
Now he's poised to become the first freshman to win the Heisman in the award's 78-year history.
“I'm a small-town kid,” he said when finally allowed to speak to the media, following the regular season. “I don't see myself as 'Johnny Football,' but Johnathan Manziel from Kerrville, Texas. I'm still shocked by it, and not used to the whole thing, even though it's becoming a daily thing."
Here's another title he'll have to get used to: CBSSports.com's SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
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