Add another precedent-setting honor to the collection for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman selected as The Associated Press Player of the Year in college football.
The honor, announced today, allowed Manziel to collect the AP award in the same season he also became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
Manziel, a redshirt freshman, set a Southeastern Conference record with 4,600 yards of total offense and accounted for 43 touchdowns in leading No. 9 Texas A&M (10-2) to a Jan. 4 matchup against No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic at Cowboys Stadium.
Manziel received 31 of 60 available votes from AP voters, more than twice the total of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, the second-place finisher. Manziel became the third consecutive Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the award, following former Baylor standout Robert Griffin III (2011) and Auburn’s Cam Newton (2010).
_ Jimmy Burch