I like what ESPN is reporting. Johnny Football Manziel is taking over in the Heisman race after the front runner, Colin Klein threw for three interceptions in Kansas State’s loss to powerhouse Baylor on Saturday, 52-24.
Manziel helped himself is the Texas Aggies defeat of Sam Houston State when he threw for 267 yards, three touchdowns and ran for 100 yards on the ground, making him the the SEC leading rusher for a quarterback with 1,114 yards on the ground. About 700 of those yards on the ground came in broken plays when he was scrambling. With numbers like that, you wonder if the coaches are sending in plays that will break down in order to force Manziel to scramble. I doubt it, but it did make me wonder. Here is what ESPN is reporting:
Johnny Manziel takes over the Heisman race: He might have been playing in a glorified scrimmage with Sam Houston State in town, but Manziel had another terrific day on the football field. He threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 100 yards and adding two more scores. Manziel has an SEC-leading 1,114 rushing yards, which is a new NCAA record for a freshman quarterback. He also broke former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen’s freshman record for total offense of 3,827 set in 2000 on the Aggies’ first drive. Manziel is now the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to pass for at least 3,000 yards with at least 1,000 yards rushing in a season. What helps him even more is Heisman frontrunner Collin Klein tossed three interceptions in Kansas State’s 28-point loss to Baylor and Oregon running back Kenjon Barnerran for just 66 yards in the Ducks’ loss. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is still there, but it looks like Manziel is the new leader in the Heisman race, (emphasis added).