At 11:05 pm, this tweet flashed across my Twitter timeline:
Ohio State fans should start preparing for Archie Griffin to be known as “one of two players to win two Heisman Trophies” starting in 2014.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) January 5, 2013
Ohio State fans cling to this bit of encyclopedic know-all as one of the defining arguments as to why the Buckeyes are one of the top-five college football programs ever. Ohio State: the only school to have featured a player who won two Heisman trophies; however, it appears after Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s b*tch-smacking of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl last night that Ben’s tweet is prophetic. Outside of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, no one is remotely in Manziel’s league to thwart a Johnny Football repeat.
Manziel accounted for 516 yards of total offense out of A&M’s 633, with 287 coming through the air and 229 coming on the ground. Process that for a second: Manziel put up, by himself, against Oklahoma, numbers that would signal a spectacular offensive day for an entire team. His play last night consisted of 81% of the total yards gained by A&M, not to mention he also added four touchdowns (28 of the Aggies’ 41 points) to the mix.
And he’s a freshman. Have you heard about that? The kid only graduated high school in 2011 and already he’s eliciting praise from one of the Stoops brothers (Mark, to be exact) as the best player he’d ever played. Weighty, no doubt, and if he can dodge injuries (something that Adrian Peterson, who was equally game-changing as a freshman, could not), expect to see his name being thrown around in Manhattan in December over the next two years.
With that being said, was Manziel’s performance last night one of the best ever in a bowl game? ESPN’s Big 12 blogger David Ubben thinks it is, but drop a line in the comments to let us know where you’d rank it.
Also, for those of you who didn’t catch the game last night, click play and take in Manziel’s highlights.
S/T: Ben Axelrod