By Matt Sugam
I had the pleasure of voting for the Heisman Trophy this year. Now that it’s been awarded, I can share whom I voted for.
So without further adieu, here’s my Heisman ballot with a quick explanation of why:
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
He’s put up better numbers as far as total offense than Cam Newton and Tim Tebow when they won their Heismans. He had his “Heisman moment” when he went into Tuscaloosa and beat No. 1 Alabama on their home turf. And Texas A&M’s 10-2 season in their first year in the SEC was better than anyone expected. The fact that he’s only a redshirt freshman is irrelevant.
2. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
His numbers are good, but Te’o’s nomination is not just about numbers. As the best defensive player on one of the best defenses in the country, he’s a physical and emotional leader on No. 1 Notre Dame, helping lead the Irish to the National Championship game with a 12-0 record.
3. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
His total offensive numbers (aside from touchdowns) are comparable to Kansas State’s Colin Klein. And Klein plays in the Big 12, where defenses were so bad it’s like a 7-on-7 drill for offenses. While Miller couldn’t lead his team to a National Championship game due to Ohio State’s bowl ban, he still led them to a 12-0 season.