Before we get started, let's make sure we all understand the stated mission of awarding the Heisman Trophy.
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.
Nope, no mention of any requirements like being an upperclassman or being on the team with the best record. Well that eliminates two of the most idiotic arguments against Johnny Manziel that I've seen. There is no player in college football today more dynamic than Johnny Manziel. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of very talented players who rightfully have their names in the hat. However, there is a lot of stupidity being thrown around in the media surrounding this year's Heisman race as it heads down the final stretch.
Let's go ahead and squash this one before things actually get interesting: Braxton Miller of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Manziel has over 1,000 yards of total offense more than Miller. Manziel has a higher accuracy percentage, more total TDs, and a higher QB rating. Cool, are we done here? No? Okay then. Go to Google and type in "Johnny." First auto-completes are Depp, Carinos, and Manziel (Cash is the fourth). Type in "Braxton" and you get Braxton Hicks, Braxton Family Values, and Braxton Miller (plain old Braxton is the fourth). Braxton Miller, much like Braxton Hicks, just isn't the real thing. He makes you kind of feel like it might be time, but no, you just peed in your bed. Yeah, now we're done here.
Let's move on to Collin Klein of the Kansas State Wildcats. Damn you, Klein. I actually want to like you, mainly because your nickname is Optimus Klein. As a passer, Klein is stellar with a high QB rating and a 70% completion rate. Klein has also rushed for 748 yards and 19 TDs to add to his 12 passing TDs. That's pretty impressive, except that Texas Tech is the toughest defense he's faced all year. No worries, we already know that their 18th rank in total defense is a joke. Meanwhile, Johnny Football has been putting up over 1,000 more total yards while playing the likes of Alabama, LSU, and Florida (all in the top 5 nationally in total defense). So, until you lateral the ball to yourself, scramble 15 yards to the left, and then throw a touchdown against the nation's best defense, you can just sit down and stay in the Little Apple while Mr. Manziel heads to the Big Apple.
Prepare to have your mind blown. A player that's considered outside of the Heisman race right now is actually the best contender for Johnny Manziel when you put all biases aside. Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks is having a great year in the PAC 12. Should I stop with that note? Mariota is completing over 70% of his passes, he has a 177 QB rating, and has thrown 28 TDs with only 5 interceptions. Those numbers are easily the best out of the contenders we've looked at so far. Mariota has 1,100 less total yards than Manziel, but only two fewer total TDs. This would be an awesome Heisman race between these two guys this year, except for, well, except for the fact that the media is full of derp. Mariota, like Manziel, is a freshman. Another freshman playing at an insane level above and beyond where the upperclassmen in the Heisman race are playing. Mariota has the toughest two games of his season remaining on the schedule. It will be a shame if he isn't a top contender for the trophy if he dominates in those games.
Let's face it. Manziel is leading an Aggie team in its first year in the SEC West. A year that most media experts predicted the Aggies would win somewhere between 4-6 games. Now the Aggies are sitting in a position to finish the season 10-2 and are on their way to a BCS bowl game. Players have emerged all over the depth chart this season to make huge impacts on the season. None has had a greater impact than Johnny Football. He has electrified the team, his opponents, and the national college football fanbase. Manziel is piling up weekly awards, breaking school and conference records, and setting legendary statistical landmarks this season. He'll finish the season with better stats than Cam Newton when he won it. His team will finish the regular season with fewer losses than Baylor or Florida did when RGIII and Tebow won the trophy. All you're left with is the fact that Johnny Manziel is a redshirt freshman. That's it. It's time for the media to start calling him by his God-given name: Johnny Heisman.