The 2012 finalists for the Heisman Trophy are quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M, quarterback Collin Klein from Kansas State, and linebacker Manti Te'o from Notre Dame. According to the Heisman Trust Mission Statement, the trophy "annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence."
Take a look at the three finalists and decide who you think best deserves the coveted award. Next
Nicknamed "Johnny Football", Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would be the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He would also become the second Texas A&M player to win the award; halfback John David Crow won in 1957. Manziel set a Southeastern Conference record with 4,600 yards of total offense (1,181 rushing). He led the 10th-ranked Aggies to a 10-2 record and a bid to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 against Oklahoma. Next
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o would be the first full-time defensive player to win the Heisman. A standout for his strength and agility, Te'o has 103 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries this year while anchoring a defense that ranks first in scoring average. He won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker. Next
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has a 66.2 percent completion percentage, with 2,485 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading K-State to an 11-1 record and their first Big 12 title since 2003. He is tied for second in the nation in rushing touchdowns (22). Klein and the Wildcats will play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3. He would be the first Kansas State player to win the Heisman. Next
How the Heisman is voted on: Six regional sports journalists appoint state representatives, who chose voters from their states. Each of the six sections is given 145 votes, totaling 870 media votes. Each of the living Heisman Trophy winners also vote. Finally, one fan will be given a vote. The total number of votes that will be accounted for is 928.
The announcement of the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy award will be made on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN live from the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Robert Griffin III of Baylor, now the quarterback of the Washington Redskins, won the award last year.
Here's your chance to cast your own vote.
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