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One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2012

One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2012
Manti Te'O Gets Heisman Trophy Vote Here

Photo – LB Manti Te'O - Notre Dame

This year’s Heisman Trophy race may prove to be one of the closest voting processes in the prestigious history of the coveted award. The Heisman Trophy Award show will be presented on ESPN tonight.

The 2012 college football season saw the leaders for the award change almost weekly with the top two honorees, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’O and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel both surfacing to the top of the ballots with strong late season performances. Kansas St’s QB Collin Klein was a leading candidate off some very impressive early season efforts, but a few average late season performances has seen his star fall in the balloting.

Both leaders Manti Te’O and Johnny Manziel would be atypical of the award that has seen only one defensive player, Charles Woodson in 1997 and no freshman has ever won the award.

Te’O was a difference maker on the #1 and best team in the nation in Notre Dame. His presence spelled the difference in several close victories – Michigan, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Southern Cal. The Irish would be hard pressed to be better than 9-3 or 8-4 without the impact Mike man.

Manziel had an awesome redshirt freshman season. He lead an Aggie offense to new SEC records including his own total yardage record in his first season as a starter. In addition, he elevated the A&M club to a top 20 ranking, a total surprise especially competing in the SEC. His performance vs defending champion Alabama when he took the Aggie team into Tuscaloosa late this season and beat the Tide on their home turf may be the signature event that earns him the coveted Heisman.

Frank Coyle’s Heisman Vote
#1 LB Manti Te’O – Notre Dame
#2 QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
#3 QB Collin Klein - Kansas St

The 2012 Winner will be announced live on ESPN tonight Saturday Dec.8th.
Following much anticipation, college football Hall of Famer and 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer announced the three finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy race tonight on ESPN's 6:00PM EST edition of SportsCenter. On behalf of The Heisman Trophy Trust, Detmer revealed the gridiron stars in contention for the prestigious 78th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Kansas State University quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M University quarterback Johnny Manziel, and University of Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o.

The three finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 8, airing on ESPN at 8:00PM EST, presented by Nissan North America. Each finalist would be accomplishing a notable first as the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner: first from Kansas State, first freshman, or first true defensive player to ever be named the year's outstanding college football player.

Klein would be the first Kansas State Wildcat to win the Heisman Trophy. Klein passed for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 890 yards and 22 touchdowns. The senior holds the Football Bowl Subdivision record of the most rushing touchdowns in two seasons, totaling at 49 between 2011 and 2012. Klein ranks second in Kansas State history for scoring with 336 points and third in career yards with 7,028.

Manziel would be the first-ever freshman Heisman Trophy winner. Hailing from Texas A&M, the young quarterback passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns. Manziel is the first quarterback in SEC history, and only the fifth player ever in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. Upon surpassing 4,600 yards, he set a new SEC record for total yards in a season. Manziel holds a Texas A&M record of logging eight straight games with 300 or more total yards.

Te'o would be the first true defensive player to ever win the award, joining seven previous Notre Dame players as a Heisman Trophy winner. This season, Te'o helped lead the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season with 101 tackles, of which 46 were solo tackles to bring down his opponent; he ranks third in Notre Dame history for career tackles at 427. Te'o amassed a school-record of seven interceptions in his third-straight 100+ tackle season.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner. Included in the electorate is one overall fan vote, an opportunity supported by Nissan North America, Heisman's Premier Partner.

"It has been an especially exciting race this year and we are excited to welcome the three finalists to New York for a remarkable weekend they will not soon forget," said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of The Heisman Trophy Trust. "The Heisman Memorial Trophy is college football's most esteemed award and its past winners make up of some of the world's most elite athletes. We're looking forward to honoring the newest winner this weekend."

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

QB Robert Griffin III Wins 2011 Heisman Trophy

Robert Griffin Becomes First Baylor Player to Win Heisman Award

Photo - QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Robert Griffin III took home the 2011 Heisman Trophy, completing an impressive year at Baylor. Griffin came on strong to end the season with several impressive performances. He beat out Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson in a close voting race. Andrew Luck finished second for the second straight year.

Griffin III picked up 1,678 points to take college football's top individual honor. Griffin carried five of the six regions, with Luck taking the Far West. Luck finished second in the voting with 1,407 points. Trent Richardson finished a distant third, and Montee Ball and Tyrann Mathieu finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Griffin had a surprisingly strong showing in the southeast that elevated him in the voting significantly.

Heisman Voting Breakdown
Robert Griffin III - 1,678 points, 405 first-place votes
Andrew Luck - 1,407 points, 247 first-place votes
Trent Richardson - 978 points, 138 first-place votes
Montee Ball - 348 points, 22 first-place votes
Tyrann Mathieu - 327 points, 34 first-place votes

Matt Barkley finished sixth, Case Keenum was seventh, Kellen Moore was eighth, Russell Wilson was ninth and Lamichael James was 10th.

Heisman Trophy All-time Winners
2011—Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2010—Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
2009—Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB
2008—Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB
2007—Tim Tebow, Florida, QB
2006—Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB
2005—Vacated (Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB )
2004—Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB
2003—Jason White, Oklahoma, QB
2002—Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB
2001—Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB
2000—Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB
1999—Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB
1998—Ricky Williams, Texas, RB
1997—Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB
1996—Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
1995—Eddie George, Ohio State, TB
1994—Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB
1993—Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
1992—Gino Torretta, Miami, QB
1991—Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR
1990—Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB
1989—Andre Ware, Houston, QB
1988—Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB
1987—Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR
1986—Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB
1985—Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB
1984—Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
1983—Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB
1982—Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB
1981—Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB
1980—George Rogers, South Carolina, HB
1979—Charles White, Southern Cal, TB
1978—Billy Sims, Oklahoma, HB
1977—Earl Campbell, Texas, FB
1976—Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB
1975—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1974—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1973—John Cappelletti, Penn State, HB
1972—Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL
1971—Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB
1970—Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
1969—Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB
1968—O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal, TB
1967—Gary Beban, UCLA, QB
1966—Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB
1965—Mike Garrett, Southern Cal, TB
1964—John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB
1963—Roger Staubach, Navy, QB
1962—Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB
1961—Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB
1960—Joe Bellino, Navy, HB
1959—Billy Cannon, LSU, HB
1958—Pete Dawkins, Army, HB
1957—John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB
1956—Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB
1955—Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB
1954—Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB
1953—John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
1952—Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB
1951—Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
1950—Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, HB
1949—Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
1948—Doak Walker, SMU, HB
1947—John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB
1946—Glenn Davis, Army, HB
1945—Doc Blanchard, Army, HB
1944—Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB
1943—Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB
1942—Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, HB
1941—Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB
1940—Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB
1939—Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB
1938—Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian, QB
1937—Clint Frank, Yale, HB
1936—Larry Kelley, Yale, E
1935—Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

Heisman Trophy Committee Names Five Finalists

Heisman Trophy Finalists

Photo – RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin

On behalf of the Heisman Trophy Trust, 1995 Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George announced the finalists for the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The five finalists for this year's award are University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Baylor University QB Robert Griffin III, Stanford University QB Andrew Luck, Louisiana St University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, and University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Frank Coyle is a long time voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years, He will publish this year's voting record this week to Email subscribers.

All five finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement this Saturday, December 10, which will air on ESPN at 8pm EST presented by Nissan North America. For the fourth straight year, two Heisman finalists will face each other in the BCS National Championship Game as Tyrann Mathieu will go up against Trent Richardson on January 9, 2012.

Montee Ball is leading the nation with 1,759 rushing yards as well as 32 rushing touchdowns for Wisconsin. He holds second place all-time at UW with 60 career touchdowns and 54 career rushing touchdowns. He has the opportunity to join two other Badgers in this elite fraternity: Ron Dayne (1999) and Alan Ameche (1954).

Robert Griffin III has the opportunity to be the first player from Baylor to receive The Heisman Memorial Trophy. The junior quarterback is ranked second in the nation in total offense with 387 yards per game. This season he threw 36 touchdowns and passed for 3,998 yards. Griffin and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow are two of four players in major college history with at least 9,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in a career.

Andrew Luck is looking to be the second Cardinal to take home The Heisman Trophy after Jim Plunkett won in 1970. The red-shirt junior passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Luck leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency with 167.5 and broke Stanford's records for career touchdown passes and single-season touchdown passes. While leading the Cardinals to an 11-1 record, he rushed for 153 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

Tyrann Mathieu is looking to be the second LSU Tiger to win The Heisman Memorial Trophy after Billy Cannon won in 1959. The sophomore had 71 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions this year. He also gained 420 yards and 2 touchdowns in punt returns during LSU's 13-0 season. If Mathieu wins, he will be the second cornerback to be inducted into this group of outstanding college football players joining Charles
Woodson (1997).

Trent Richardson rushed for 1,583 yards and had 20 touchdowns this season for Alabama. In nine of his twelve games, the running back rushed for over 100 yards for the 11-1 Crimson Tide. If awarded the Heisman, Richardson will only be the second player from Alabama to receive the trophy after 2009 winner, Mark Ingram, Jr.

"Prevailing out of one of the deepest and most highly contested fields in recent history, we would like to congratulate this year's Heisman finalists for their outstanding season," said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to December 10, when the winner is announced."

The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding college football player in the United States. The voters include 870 media representatives from six regions across the country, every living Heisman winner, and one overall fan vote through a partnership with Nissan North America.

77th Annual Heisman Trophy Dinner Gala
A limited number of tickets are still available to the general public for the 2011 Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12. The winner of the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy will be formally presented with his award at this event. ESPN broadcaster, Rece Davis, will host the dinner. This year, three previous Heisman winners will be recognized: Ernie Davis (posthumously) (Syracuse, 1961) on the fiftieth anniversary of his award, Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986) on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his award and Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001) on his tenth
anniversary. In addition, former University of Alabama and New York Jets defensive tackle Marty Lyons, will be honored as the recipient of the sixth annual Heisman Humanitarian Award for his work with The Marty Lyons Foundation.

About The Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player in the United States. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has the charitable mission to support amateur athletes and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for The Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

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