Texans frequently in the race for trophy
and Te’o 84.
Te’o has picked up six trophies, including the Maxwell and Walter Camp for player of the year.
But if it’s Manziel, there is nothing novel about a Texan quarterback taking center stage in college football.
Manziel is the seventh Lone Star quarterback to at least make the Heisman top five since 2005. Two of those quarterbacks — Texas’ Colt McCoy and Stanford’s Andrew Luck — were two-time finalists. Even Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman winner, had a touch of Texas in him since he played for Blinn College in Brenham the year before he transferred to Auburn.
The Davey O’Brien Foundation presented its quarterback award Thursday to Manziel. Over the past eight sea- sons, Manziel is the fourth Texan to win the trophy as the nation’s top quarterback.
It’s no coincidence that from 2005-2012, the state has produced more than 180 quarterbacks who have signed with a Football Bowl Subdivision School. According to a recruiting analysis by ESPN, that number should swell to more than 200 by February’s national signing day. This season, nearly 20 percent of all FBS starting quarterbacks were Texans.
If Manziel wins, it’ll be the first time Texan quarterbacks will have earned the trophy in consecutive years since Houston’s Andre Ware and BYU’s Ty Detmer did so in 1989-90.
Manziel, in his first public press conference for the Heisman, offered advice for the quarterbacks coming behind him who seek to replicate his success. He also brought up the name of Drew Brees, another highly successful NFL quarterback who starred for Westlake.
“Some people can’t judge how you play the game, if you play the game with a passion,” Manziel said. “If you are going to play the game of football, play it with all your heart. ... If you want to be 6 foot and be the best quarterback in the league for a year, look at Drew Brees. It doesn’t matter how big you are or how fast you are or whatever. Just play with a lot of heart and leave it all on the field every time.”
A fellow Texan, Adrian Peterson, is rooting for Manziel to win. Peterson, the running back who became a legend at Palestine High School before signing with Oklahoma, finished second to Matt Leinart in the 2004 Heisman race. He’s the only freshman to get that close on the ballots, losing to Leinart by 328.
“Hopefully, they don’t rob him like they did me,” Peterson told The Associated Press. “I hope he wins.”
Griffin declined to disclose his Heisman votes.
“It’s funny that I say this, but I got to see the youngster play and he’s done a good job. And that’s a lot coming from a Baylor Bear,” Griffin said of Manziel.
“Right now it’s up in the air, because for me it’s been a difficult year, and I’ve talked to some other Heisman voters. It’s been a difficult year for the Heisman, just who to vote for.”