Johnny Manziel was a 1-to-10 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to RJ Bell at Pregame.com. And the Texas A&M quarterback didn’t disappoint.
Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football’s top individual prize Saturday night in New York City after a record-breaking debut.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o finished a distant second in the voting and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third. In a Heisman race with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel broke through the class ceiling and kept Te’o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the award.
‘‘That barrier’s broken now,’’ Manziel said. ‘’It’s starting to become more of a trend that freshmen are coming in early and that they are ready to play. And they are really just taking the world by storm.’’
None more than the guy they call Johnny Football.
Manziel drew 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners. Te’o had 321 first-place votes and 1,706 points and Klein received 60 firsts and 894 points.
‘‘I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid, running around the backyard pretending I was Doug Flutie, throwing Hail Marys to my dad,’’ he said after hugging his parents and kid sister.
Te’o was listed at 4-1 and Klein 25-1 at Pregame.com.
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