News-Gazette college football beat writer Bob Asmussen turned in his vote earlier this week for the Heisman Trophy, which will be announced Saturday in New York. Here’s how his ballot read:
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M quarterback
Some will pick him because of the magical win at Alabama, which was a stunner. But I prefer to look at the season as a whole. The Aggies were supposed to finish about .500 in their first SEC season. Instead, they went 10-2. It doesn’t happen without the superstar redshirt freshman. He broke the league total offense record set by Cam Newton, who also won the Heisman. He can beat you with his arm or his legs. He’s the closest thing we’ve seen to Doug Flutie in a long, long time.
2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame linebacker
Nothing against defense. If I was a Heisman voter back in the day, Hugh Green would have been an easy winner. And Te’o is close. He made huge plays for an undefeated team. He led. He inspired. And don’t be a bit surprised if he wins Saturday night.
3. Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback
Take away the awful night at Baylor (who hasn’t had one of those), and he’s a runaway winner. But the one loss kills his chances to win the award. The Eric Crouch clone (that’s a good thing) deserves to be in New York. Here’s hoping he gets a chance to compete in the NFL.