Heisman ballot will wait, but we know the winner
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 9:13 p.m.
I pretty much know what my Heisman Trophy vote is going to look like. It's sitting in my inbox, an electronic reminder that another tradition has been shoved aside — the Heisman ballot.
It used to be a big thrill filling it out in pen and looking at it for a few seconds before mailing it in. Now, it's all done with keystrokes.
I haven't voted yet because it's something I believe. You wait until the season is completely over to vote. I've never understood people who voted weeks before the end of the season because their minds were already made up. This isn't the presidential election.
But, as you know, there are too many unqualified Heisman voters out there.
My vote will wait until Sunday. I don't expect there to be a major change at the top. But I still will wait.
And then I will vote for Johnny Manziel.
It's not as big a slam-dunk for me as it is for some voters, but Manziel will win easily. Baseball may be more about numbers than actual eye-tests for the seamheads of the world, but when it comes to the Heisman vote, college football is no better.
Too many voters never saw Manziel play. Maybe they caught the end of the Alabama game. I'd be interested to know how many know he was completely stuffed in the second half by Florida at home and that he threw three picks against LSU, also at home. Both games were Texas A&M losses.
I wonder how many of them know they are about to continue the trend of voting for a Heisman winner with a mug shot (that'll be two in three years).
None of it matters because the numbers are that overwhelming. And because he had his Heisman game (against Alabama) and his Heisman moment (the bobbled ball that turned into a touchdown pass) and a Heisman nickname (Johnny Football).
It matters to few voters that Kevin Sumlin wouldn't let Manziel talk to the media until it would help him win the Heisman.
And this is where you say, “Hold on here. You seem to be giving reasons not to vote for Manziel. Are you schizophrenic or what?”
No, I am simply pointing out that anyone voting for the Heisman has to consider everything. And I did.
In the end, the guy was the most outstanding player in college football this year. He was easily the most dynamic. Forget the numbers. I saw it with my own eyes on a weekly basis.
That's why I'm voting for him.
The fact that he is a freshman has zero impact on my decision. It never has and never will. I always hated when I'd hear someone say, “Well, I'd have voted for him, but he'll get one eventually.” (There still hasn't been a first-year player win the award because Manziel is a redshirt freshman.
This Heisman will be an interesting by-product to Texas A&M's move to the SEC. If Manziel put up the same numbers in the Big 12, they'd be looked at in a different light. Kansas State's Collin Klein dropped out of the lead in the Heisman race because his defense gave up 52 points. Guess he should have played safety.
I'm still considering Klein for my ballot. He has a game to play. I believe in the entire body of work, not just some of it.
Manti Te'o will be somewhere on my ballot. And I'm considering Braxton Miller.
Let's face it, Klein is the only Heisman contender who can still make an impact. That's enough of a reason for me to wait.
But I think we all know how this thing is going to end up.
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