Posted By LambChop
The Heisman Trophy Trust dodged a couple of bullets this year…namely Heisman Trophy Memorial Awards Finalists Collin Klein and Manti Te’o.
Klein’s Kansas State’s Wildcats loss to the Baylor Bears (52-24) proved that Kansas State faced mediocre completion all season. The Wildcats were trounced and Klein’s performance was not star quality, at all: 27-of-50 for 286 yards and three interceptions. Baylor ruined Kansas State’s vaunted run defense for 342 yards and five touchdowns on 49 carries. Klein’s performance was more than just a bad day – it exposed the FIFTH year senior for what he is: overrated.
Meanwhile, for a solid week, the media has focused on Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o’s bizarre tale of a fake dead girlfriend and questions of his character are being exposed. Turns out that Te’o’s deceased girlfriend was made up – most likely by a cynical Te’o and his handlers to create an “against all odds” story in order to heighten his image and win the Heisman. Luckily, it did not work.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M’s red shirt freshman, Johnny Manziel was questioned in the press. Manziel’s character and maturity came into question from pundits eager to disqualify him from the Heisman prize. They cited fake ID’s, a bar conflict and other “character issues.” Meanwhile Manziel finished the season with 4,600 total yards and 43 combined touchdowns for the Aggies and then upset the Alabama Crimson Tide in the toughest conference in the NCAA: the SEC. Post season, Manziel’s changed heart and mind became obvious. His maturity as a leader on and off the field was documented. His unmatched performance in the Cotton bowl was the stuff of legends: 516 total yards, 229 yards rushing.
The right man won the Heisman. And the Heisman Trophy Trust and voters can breathe a sigh of relief – the luster of the Heisman has been protected by Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. Gig ‘em!