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And Another Thing

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Offensive minded

Got no special problem with Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. Freshman or not, he was the most electric college football player in the land this fall, and -- bottom line here -- no quarterback in SEC history ever had a greater season statistically.

This means Manziel had better numbers than, among many others, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Steve Spurrier, Archie Manning, Pat Sullivan, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton. So, good on him.

However ....

However, Johnny Football becoming Johnny Heisman finally closes the book on the award as exclusively limited not to the nation's outstanding college player, but the nation's outstanding offensive player. Because if a purely defensive player ever was going to win the gnarled little stiff-arming guy (and don't say Charles Woodson; he won as much for his return ability as anything), it was this year.

True, Manti Te'o did finish second in the voting. But he was a distant second, accumulating 321 first-place votes to 474 for Manziel, and more than 300 fewer votes total. And this in a season in which there was no clear frontrunner, and Te'o was the cornerstone of a Notre Dame defense that was largely responsible for the Irish reaching the national title game for the first time in 24 years.

And yet, he really didn't come close. And so, it says here no defensive players need apply, ever again.

Ben Smith's blog.

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