The award is given annually to the top quarterback in college football but is the only quarterback honor that also accounts for performances in bowl games. Manziel, a redshirt freshman who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy and the 2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, set a Southeastern Conference record with an FBS-high 5,116 yards of total offense in his first season in college. He accounted for 47 touchdowns (21 rushing, 26 passing).
Manziel finished with 516 yards of total offense (229 rushing, 287 passing) in A&M’s 41-13 victory over Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, which catapulted the Aggies (11-2) to No. 5 in both post-season polls, the school’s best finish since 1956. Manziel is one of only four players in FBS history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in the same season, joining current NFL quarterbacks Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Collin Kaepernick on the elite list.
_ Jimmy Burch