JOHNNY MANZIEL IS STILL FAVORED TO WIN BOTH THE
HEISMAN AND MAXWELL TROPHY
OVER 75 OTHER SUPER STARS!
By SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER
The Heisman Trophy Award is given to one of the best College Football players in College Football, but the Maxwell Trophy Award is also given to one of the best College Football Players in the Country. The Maxwell Trophy Award does not always go to the Heisman Trophy Award Winner. The Heisman Trophy Award usually goes to a Quarterback or Running Back, but the Maxwell Trophy Award usually goes to a Skill Player, who is usually at the Top of the Watch List.
The Maxwell Trophy Award has recently announced 76 College Football Players to the Maxwell Trophy Award Watch List, but Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is still considered the overwhelming favorite.
Manziel, as a redshirt freshman, put-up some incredible numbers last year and then became the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy and then he won it. Manziel accounted for an amazing 47 touchdowns as he broke the SEC total offense record in one season that was set by former Heisman Trophy Award Winner Cam Newton with 4,600 yards.
Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o was an exception in 2012 as he won the Maxwell Trophy Award over Manziel and all of the other Skill Football Players that were on the Watch List.
South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney is the only Non-Quarterback on the Top Five Watch List for the Maxwell Watch List. The other Three Quarterbacks, include #3 A.J. McCarron of Alabama; #4 Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville; and #5 Braxton Miller of Ohio State.
There are a few other great College Football Players on this incredible Maxwell Award Watch List that I really like and I feel are going to be Candidates for both the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Trophy Award.
One player that is a Potential #1 Draft Choice in the NFL Draft is Running Back Lache Seastrunk of Baylor. Seastrunk transferred to Baylor from Oregon and was a great Running Back on a great Passing Team, but he had a “Breakout Game” against Kansas State in the Tenth Game of the season as he helped the Bears to defeat the #1 Team in the country.
In the unbelievable 52-24 Victory, Seastrunk rushed for 185-yards, and it included a beautiful 80-yard touchdown, run right up the middle of the vaughted Kansas State Defense in the UPSET OF THE WEEK victory. The ironic thing about Seastrunk on this particular Saturday was that he was associated with both Undefeated #1 BCS Teams in the country on that day. Seastrunk transferred from Oregon to Baylor and he helped beat Baylor to beat Kansas State. Oregon also lost for the first time on that weekend.
Then in the Twelveth game of the year, Seastrunk rushed for 178-yards and a Touchdown on 16 carries and 11.1-yards per-rush, including a memorable, game-clinching 76-yard Touchdown run in which he pulled a hamstring muscle and hobbled final 40 yards outrunning defenders, in fourth quarter of win over No. 24 Oklahoma State in 12th game. But back to Manziel.
Manziel was sensational as a Redshirt Freshman Quarterback for the SEC Surprise Team of the Year. “Johnny Football” Manziel made a lot of SEC defenses look silly last season, and that’s not supposed to happen in the SEC. He’ll now be called Johnny “Heisman” Manziel.
Just based on what Manziel did last season, he should be the “Hands-Down” favorite to repeat all of his alcolades, but “Johnny Football” has recently run into some off-the-field distractions that either could effect his Sophomore season or not.
When you win the Heisman Trophy as a mere Freshman, you are automatically going to be in the limelight and some of the attention that he has been given is not positive. The New York Times recently reported his arrest for drinking beer in High School with a fake ID and then more recent he was dismissed from the Manning Camp for missing meetings after being seen on Bourbon Street, late one night.
There is nothing wrong with drinking beer. I try to “Pop a Top” with Michael Berry on the Michael Berry Show on every Friday and the Lord knows that its OK to be on Bourbon Street at 2:30 A.M. in the morning. About 42 years ago, I met my wife Ginger of 41 years there, but if you are a Mentor at a prestigious Manning Football Camp, then you might want to wait until after the camp is over to go.
Some of these off-the-field distractions might have tarnished some of his image, but all football fans need to realize that Manziel is still a 20-year old sophomore in college and he has just become the first College Football Player in the History of College Football to enter his sophomore football season as the returning Heisman Trophy Winner as the best football player in College Football.
“Manziel has done some negative things that he is not proud of, but he has also done a lot of positive things,” said A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin. “Unfortunately, his poor decisions are the ones that the media has publicized.”
I think that once the season starts and he is back in the football limelife, at College Station and the SEC, Johnny “Football-Heisman” Manziel will be the same unbelievable quarterback talent that he was as a Freshman and he will still be the favorite for both the Heisman and Maxwell Trophies.
But don’t forget about the other Five of the Super-Six, including QB A.J. McCarron of Alabama, DE Jadeveon McClowney of South Carolina, QB Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, RB Lache Seastrunk of Baylor, and QB Braxton Miller of Ohio State.