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Manziel is AP Player of Year; Te'o runner-up

December 19, 2012
By KRISTIE RIEKEN , The Associated Press

Chalk up another major award for Johnny Manziel.

The Texas A&M quarterback became the first freshman to be voted The Associated Press Player of the Year in college football on Tuesday. He also won the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award.

Manziel collected 31 votes, while runner-up Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker, finished with 15.

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to win The Associated Press Player of the Year Award.
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Manziel and Te'o, a Punahou School alumnus, also finished 1-2 in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein each received one vote.

The 6-foot-1 Manziel, a redshirt freshman, threw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to help the Aggies to 10 wins for the first time since 1998. He is the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.

"I feel like as the year went on, I just learned the offense more and knew exactly where I wanted to go, instead of maybe evading the blitz and just taking off running for the first down instead of hitting a hot route or throwing it underneath to an open guy and doing things a lot simpler and cleaner," Manziel said.

The 4,600 yards of total offense Manziel gained in 12 games broke the SEC single-season record. The record was previously held by 2010 Heisman winner Newton, who needed 14 games to gain 4,327 yards.

Te'o had 103 tackles and seven interceptions for the Irish. This season, he won the Lott Trophy, Maxwell Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Walter Camp Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award and Lombardi Award.



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