Manziel first freshman to capture Heisman
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.
Manziel edged Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o to earn college football's most prestigious award.
The redshirt freshman earned 2,029 total points compared to Te'o's 1,706 points, which was the most-ever scored by a purely defensive player in the history of the award.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein came in third place with 854 points.
"This is a moment that I've dreamed about since I was a little kid," said Manziel. "I wish my whole team could be up here tonight, especially my offensive linemen and offensive teammates."
Manziel broke the SEC record for total offense by passing for 3,419 yards and rushing for 1,181 more while totaling 43 touchdowns -- 24 through the air.
In Texas A&M's first season in the vaunted SEC, Manziel led the Aggies to a trip to the Cotton Bowl behind a 10-2 record, which included a win over then- No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 10.
He also became the first Texas A&M player to win the Heisman since John David Crow back in 1957.