(NEW YORK) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was presented with the 78th Heisman Trophy Saturday night in New York City.
Manziel becomes the first freshman ever to win the award.
“This is a moment that I dreamed about since I’ve been a kid, running around the back yard pretending I was Doug Flutie, throwing Hail Mary’s to my dad,” Manziel said. “Now I’m so blessed to be on a stage with such a group of great guys. To be invited into this fraternity, what a pleasure it really is.”
The Heisman is voted on by a group of media members and former Heisman winners.
The 20-year-old Manziel received 474 first-place votes and a total of 2,029 points. He beat out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o who received 1,706 points and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein who had 894 points.
Manziel led the Aggies to a 10-2 record in their first season in the Southeastern Conference, including a win against then top ranked Alabama.
He finished the year throwing for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 scores.
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