Texas A&M’S Manziel heads all-league team

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Paul new­berry

AT­LANTA — Johnny Foot­ball is Mr. SEC.

Texas A&M quar­ter­back Johnny Manziel was a unan­i­mous choice Mon­day for As­so­ci­ated Press South­east­ern Con­fer­ence of­fen­sive player of the year af­ter a dy­namic de­but sea­son in Col­lege Sta­tion.

The charis­matic red­shirt fresh­man known as “Johnny Foot­ball” passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touch­downs, rushed for 1,181 yards and an SEC-lead­ing 19 TDs, and guided the Ag­gies to a sur­pris­ing 10-2 mark in their first SEC sea­son, in­clud­ing an up­set of No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Ge­or­gia line­backer Jarvis Jones edged out South Carolina’s Jade­veon Clowney for the de­fen­sive player of the year award. Jones leads the con­fer­ence with 22.5 tack­les be­hind the line and ranks sec­ond to Clowney with 12.5 sacks.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sum­lin was named coach of the year, beat­ing out Florida’s Will Muschamp.

Manziel also was an over­whelm­ing choice as fresh­man of the year, in ad­di­tion to be­ing se­lected on all bal­lots as the first­team quar­ter­back in a league that features the na­tion’s two high­est-rated passers: Alabama’s A.J. McCar­ron and Ge­or­gia’s Aaron Mur­ray.

“This sea­son has been in­cred­i­bly sur­real,” Manziel said. “It’s be­yond my wildest imag­i­na­tion. It’s a true tes­ta­ment to how this team has grown ev­ery week, be­cause with­out th­ese guys none of my in­di­vid­ual success would be any­thing.”

The 80th an­nual AP Al­lSEC team was se­lected by a panel com­prised of 14 me­dia mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing each of the ex­panded con­fer­ence’s 11 states. Ev­ery school was rep­re­sented by at least one player on the first or sec­ond teams ex­cept Auburn, which en­dured a win­less sea­son in the SEC and fin­ished 3-9 over­all.

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