Piece of his­tory awaits Manziel

Polls fa­vor Ag­gies QB to take award, but one panel sug­gests that the vote could be close.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Suzanne Hal­libur­ton shal­libur­ton@states­man.com Heis­man More col­lege foot­ball There will be plenty at stake to­day for Army and Navy, C Ten­nessee picks Cincin­nati’s Jones to re­place Doo­ley, C C FI­NAL­ISTS HEIS­MAN TRO­PHY PRE­SEN­TA­TION C

NEw YORk — Sport­ing his now fa­mous Su­per­man socks, Robert Grif­fin III en­chanted the col­lege foot­ball world a year ago when he ac­cepted the Heis­man Tro­phy.

Grif­fin, the Bay­lor stand­out who played at Cop­peras Cove High School, then gave a gra­cious ac­cep­tance speech. The most fa­mous line:

“As we say, the hot­ter the heat, the harder the steel. No pres­sure, no di­a­monds. We com­pete, we win.”

This year, an­other Texas school­boy quar­ter­back is mak­ing the trek to New York. And it ap­pears that one of the most cov­eted tro­phies in Amer­i­can sport is Johnny Manziel’s to lose.

Manziel, the Ag­gies’ red­shirt fresh­man, plans to wear a pair of Scooby Doo socks to Satur­day night’s cer­e­mony. But that’s not what makes him a nov­elty. What does is that he could be­come the first fresh­man to win the Heis­man.

He’ll be joined at the Nokia The­ater in Times Square by Kansas State quar­ter­back Collin Klein and Notre Dame line­backer Manti Te’o. Early Heis­man track­ing polls sug­gest Manziel will win. But USA To­day’s Heis­man panel pre­dicted it might be one of the clos­est votes in his­tory, with Manziel gar­ner­ing 85 points

7 p.m. Satur­day, ESPN Three play­ers have been in­vited to the Heis­man cer­e­mony: Collin klein, kansas State Johnny Manziel,Texas A&M Manti Te’o, Notre Dame A look at the fi­nal­ists,

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