NEW YORK - Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football's top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished a distant second and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third in the voting. In a unique Heisman race, with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel broke through the class barrier and kept Te'o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the award.

Manziel drew 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was one of three candidates for the Heisman Trophy Te’0 went Notre Dame to a perfect 12-0 season the the Irish
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was one of three candidates for the Heisman Trophy Te'0 went Notre Dame to a perfect 12-0 season the the Irish will play Alabama for the BCS Championship on Jan. 8 (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

"I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid," he said during his acceptance speech after hugging his mom, dad and kid sister.

Manziel seemed incredibly calm after his name was announced, hardly resembling the guy who dashes around the football field on Saturday.

Te'o had 321 first-place votes and 1,706 points and Klein received 60 firsts and 894 points.

Just a few days after turning 20, Manziel proved times have truly changed in college football, and that experience can be really overrated.

For years, seniors dominated the award named after John Heisman, the pioneering Georgia Tech coach from the early 1900s. In the 1980s, juniors started becoming common winners. Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win it in 2007, and two more won it in the next two seasons.

Adrian Peterson had come closest as a freshman, finishing second to Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004. But it took 78 years for a newbie to take home the big bronze statue. Johnny Football really can do it all.

Peterson was a true freshman for Oklahoma. As a redshirt freshmen, Manziel attended school and practiced with the team last year, but did not play in any games.

He's the second player from Texas A&M to win the Heisman - John David Crow took it home in 1957 - and did so without the slightest hint of preseason hype.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was one of two candidates who played quarterback for their team.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was one of two candidates who played quarterback for their team. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)
Manziel didn't even win the starting job until two weeks before the season.

Who needs hype when you can fill-up a highlight reel the way Manziel can?

With daring dashes and elusive improvisation, Manziel broke 2010 Heisman winner Cam Netwon's Southeastern Conference record with 4,600 total yards, led the Aggies to a 10-2 in their first season in the SEC and orchestrated an upset at then-No. 1 Alabama in November that stamped him as legit.

He has thrown for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and run for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to become the first freshman, first SEC player and fifth player overall to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season.

Manziel has one more game this season, against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Jan.

Past Heisman Trophy winners

Year - Name, School, Position, Class, Points

1935 - Jay Berwanger, Chicago, RB, Sr., 84

1936 - Larry Kelley, Yale, END, Sr., 219

1937 - Clint Frank, Yale, QB, Sr., 524

1938 - Davey O'Brien, TCU, QB, Sr., 519

1939 - Nile Kinnick, Iowa, RB, Sr., 651

1940 - Tom Harmon, Michigan, RB, Sr., 1,303

1941 - Bruce Smith, Minnesota, RB, Sr., 554

1942 - Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, RB, Sr., 1,059

1943 - Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB, Sr., 648

1944 - Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB, Sr., 412

1945 - Doc Blanchard, Army, FB, Jr., 860

1946 - Glenn Davis, Army, RB, Sr., 792

1947 - John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB, Sr., 742

1948 - Doak Walker, Southern Methodist, RB, Jr., 778

1949 - Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E, Sr., 995

1950 - Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, RB, Jr., 633

1951 - Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, RB, Sr., 1,777

1952 - Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, RB, Sr., 525

1953 - John Lattner, Notre Dame, RB, Sr., 1,850

1954 - Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB, Sr., 1,068

1955 - Howard Cassady, Ohio State, RB, Sr., 2,219

1956 - Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB, Sr., 1,066

1957 - John David Crow, Texas A&M, RB, Sr., 1,183

1958 - Pete Dawkins, Army, RB, Sr., 1,394

1959 - Billy Cannon, Louisiana State, RB, Sr., 1,929

1960 - Joe Bellino, Navy, RB, Sr., 1,793

1961 - Ernie Davis, Syracuse, RB, Sr., 824

1962 - Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB, Sr., 707

1963 - Roger Staubach, Navy, QB, Jr., 1,860

1964 - John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB, Sr., 1,026

1965 - Mike Garrett, USC, RB, Sr., 926

1966 - Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB, Sr., 1,679

1967 - Gary Beban, UCLA, QB, Sr., 1,968

1968 - O.J. Simpson, USC, RB, Sr., 2,853

1969 - Steve Owens, Oklahoma, FB, Sr., 1,488

1970 - Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB, Sr., 2,229

1971 - Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB, Sr., 1,597

1972 - Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, RB, Sr., 1,310

1973 - John Cappelletti, Penn State, RB, Sr., 1,057

1974 - Archie Griffin, Ohio State, RB, Jr., 1,920

1975 - Archie Griffin, Ohio State, RB, Sr., 1,800

1976 - Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, RB, Sr., 2,357

1977 - Earl Campbell, Texas, RB, Sr., 1,547

1978 - Billy Sims, Oklahoma, RB, Jr., 827

1979 - Charles White, USC, RB, Sr., 1,695

1980 - George Rogers, South Carolina, RB, Sr., 1,128

1981 - Marcus Allen, USC, RB, Sr., 1,797

1982 - Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB, Jr., 1,926

1983 - Mike Rozier, Nebraska, RB, Sr., 1,801

1984 - Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB, Sr., 2,240

1985 - Bo Jackson, Auburn, RB, Sr., 1,509

1986 - Vinny Testaverde, Miami (Fla), QB, Sr., 2,213

1987 - Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR, Sr., 1,442

1988 - Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB, Jr., 1,878

1989 - Andre Ware, Houston, QB, Jr., 1,073

1990 - Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB, Jr., 1,482

1991 - Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR, Jr., 2,077

1992 - Gino Torretta, Miami (Fla), QB, Sr., 1,400

1993 - Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB, Sr., 2,310

1994 - Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB, Jr., 1,743

1995 - Eddie George, Ohio State, RB, Sr., 1,460

1996 - Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB, Sr., 1,363

1997 - Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB, Jr., 1,815

1998 - Ricky Williams, Texas, RB, Sr., 2,355

1999 - Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB, Sr., 2,042

2000 - Chris Weinke, Florida State, QB, Sr., 1,628

2001 - Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB, Sr., 770

2002 - Carson Palmer, USC, QB, Sr., 1,328

2003 - Jason White, Oklahoma, QB, Jr., 1,481

2004 - Matt Leinart, USC, QB, Jr., 1,325

2006 - Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB, Sr., 2,540

2007 - Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, Sop, 1,957

2008 - Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB, Sop, 1,726

2009 - Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB, Sop, 1,304

2010 - Cam Newton, Auburn, QB, Jr., 2,263

2011 - Robert Griffin III, Baylor University, QB, Jr., 1,687

2012 - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M University, QB, Freshman

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