The following vote was compiled by our four college football contributors.
And the winner is…
Johnny Manziel earned three of four first-place votes and scored 19 points out of a maximum 20. All he did as a first-year starter was take the SEC and nation by storm, where he broke Cam Newton’s SEC record for total offense in a season and did so in two fewer games and later tonight will try and become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He has accounted for 4,600 yards and ranks second nationally with an average of 383.3 yards per game and has faced the No. 1, No. 5 and No. 8-ranked defenses. He leads the SEC in BOTH rushing and passing and is also the first player in conference history (and fifth in FBS history) to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000.
|Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M||3||1||19|
|Colin Klein QB Kansas St||2||1||1||14|
|Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame||1||1||1||12|
|Braxton Miller QB Ohio St.||2||2||8|
|Kenjon Barner RB Oregon||2||1||5|
|Marquise Lee WR USC||1||2||4|
Colin Klein, QB Kansas St.
2,450 yards passing, 15 TD, 7 INT; 863 rush yards, 22 TD
Klein has led K-State to a 21-4 record the last two seasons and their second Big 12 title this season.
Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame
101 tackles and leads the nation with nine takeaways.
For a defensive player, its just an honor to get invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. The senior, who is already the National LB and Defensive Player of the Year, is the heart and soul of the defense and the leader of the No. 1 ranked Irish.
Braxton Miller, QB Ohio St.
2,039 yards passing, 1,271 rush yards, 28 total TD
The fact that he did not get invited to New York should not overshadow what an incredible year the sophomore QB had for the undefeated Buckeyes (12-0).
He was named the Big Ten offensive player and quarterback of the year and should enter the 2013 season as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites.
Kenyon Barner, RB Oregon
248 carries for 1,624 yards with 21 rushing touchdowns. Added 19 catches for 232 yards and a score.
Marquise Lee, WR USC
112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns. Also returned 28 kicks for 802 yards with a touchdown.
It is a shame he’s not going to New York. Clearly one of the most outstanding football players in the nation and was an easy Biletnikoff selection.