Congratulations to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, who tonight became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
He finished with 474 first place votes, over 150 more than Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, who came in second, received (he had 321 votes). Kansas State’s Collin Klein, who was the third candidate present for the ceremony in New York tonight, earned 60 first place votes.
Manziel, who thanked his entire family, his coaches, and his team for their support also apologized to his grandmother for breaking so many things in the house growing up. He choked up towards the end of his speech, too, when he mentioned former Texas A&M offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who died in a car accident last year.
This season, Manziel, nicknamed Johnny Football, racked up 3,419 total yards through the air and threw 24 touchdowns. He also notched 1,181 yards on the ground and 19 rushing TDs to become the first freshman, first SEC player, and fifth player ever to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season.
If you somehow missed seeing Manziel play this season, you’ve got one more chance. He and the Aggies will take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.