Heisman trophy finalists: Johnny Manziel, Manti Te’o, Collin Klein
History could be made Saturday night as a freshman could win The Heisman Trophy for the first time when the award is given out.
Johnny Manziel, a redshirt freshman quarterback from Texas A&M, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o and Collin Klein, a senior quarterback from Kansas State are the finalists for the trophy that was announced on ESPN Monday night.
Te’o has led the undefeated and top-ranked Fighting Irish into the BCS Championship game against No. 2 Alabama. Te’o had 103 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions this season.
Manziel completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,419 yards with 24 touchdowns. Manziel also ran for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns. He led his team to a victory over then-No. 1 Alabama, accounting for the Crimson Tide’s only loss this season. The Aggies (10-2) will play Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Klein completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,485 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions for Kansas State, who went 11-1 this year. The Wildcats will play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
All three players are also finalists for the Maxwell Award, awarded to the nation’s best all-around player.