Johnny Football one of 3 finalists
one Aggie has won the Heisman — John David Crow in 1957 — and only three other A&M players have finished in the top 10 of the voting, the last quarterback Bucky Richardson (10th in 1991).
“This is a dream come true for me, and I know it’s a credit to all my coaches and teammates,” Manziel said in a statement. “I definitely wouldn’t be a Heisman finalist without my teammates and coaches.”
If Te’o ends up winning the Heisman, he would be the first true defender to win the award. He’s the best player for the topranked Fighting Irish, who will play Alabama for the national championship. Te’o, who notched seven interceptions with 101 tackles, would be the eighth Notre Dame player to win.
Klein, the Heisman favorite as late as two weeks ago, when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, also could become a first; Kansas State has never produced a Heisman winner.
Klein, who, like Manziel, is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, threw for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 890 yards and 22 scores. He set an NCAA record with 49 rushing touchdowns in 2011-12, the most scored in any two-year period.
Klein led Kansas State to a Big 12 co-championship and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.
All ballots were due Monday after a twoweek voting process. The winner will be announced Saturday night in a nationally televised ceremony.
The three finalists also will be on hand for the College Football Awards in Orlando on Thursday.
Te’o won the Butkus Award on Monday as the nation’s top linebacker. Also on Monday, Manziel earned the SEC’s offensive player of the year honor. His 4,600 total yards broke the league’s single-season record, set by Auburn’s Cam Newton during his Heisman year in 2010.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein led the Wildcats to the Big 12 title and seemed to be the Heisman Trophy frontrunner for much of the season.