Why Johnny Manziel Won't Win the Heisman This Year
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If you listen to various college football experts, they are convinced Johnny Manziel still has a good chance of winning the Heisman Trophy, but I beg to differ.
There are several reason Johnny Football won't repeat, and here are just a few reasons why.
1) His team is not contending for the national championship ... Your top two Heisman contenders -- Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston -- are not only putting up fantastic stats, but their teams are contending for the national championship. A&M was still in that race until they lost to Auburn.
2) He's cost his team victories ... In both of the Aggies' loses, Manziel has thrown multiple interceptions despite putting up huge numbers. He had over 500 yards in total offense against Alabama and Auburn, but he threw costly interceptions at the end of games that cost A&M victories.
3) He doesn't have a signature win this season ... Last year, what revived up Manziel's Heisman candidacy was his victory over Alabama. This year, he hasn't beaten a top team. The Seminoles' Winston has his victory over Clemson, and the Ducks' Mariota has beaten UCLA and Washington, both Top 25 teams. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has beaten Manziel in College Station. What is Manziel's signature win? Ole Miss? Right.
4) National media is in love with Jameis Winston ... Just like the media was in love with Manziel last season, the national media is head over heels besmitten with Jameis Winston. He's Manziel 2.0 without all the off-the-field distractions. He makes great plays, doesn't make mistakes that cost his team, and his stats are off the charts for a freshman. Sound familiar?
5) The media has grown tired of his act ... The love affair with Johnny Football officially ended this summer with Autograph-gate. The lies, the partying, and the attitude has gotten old with the sports media. TMZ may be another story, but they don't vote. All the off-season headlines were cute and made Manziel a character in college football, but people are bored with it now, and because of it, he won't garner as many votes as he did last year from the national media.
Well, there you have it. I'm sure there are other reasons Manziel won't win the Heisman, but this has been an interesting year. If Manziel can continue to put up big numbers and have a signature win or two down the line -- think LSU and Missouri -- then he might win the Heisman again if the likes of Winston and Mariota tank.
But I doubt it.