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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
SEC Heisman Watch: Week 12

By Edward Aschoff

And then there was one. After Texas A&M's 29-24 win over Alabama, Johnny Football stands out above the rest as the SEC's only real Heisman contender:

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The legend of Johnny Football only grew after a chilly night in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Manziel ran through and around Alabama's defense for 92 yards on 18 carries and made some big plays with his arm, throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He even fumbled a ball in midair to himself and was still able to roll out and throw a 10-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Ryan Swope. Manziel might have struggled in the Aggies' losses to Florida and LSU, but on the biggest stage of his football career, he shined brightly and helped take down the No. 1 team in the nation in its own house. Manziel is averaging 379.4 yards of total offense per game and has been held out of the end zone just once all season -- Texas A&M's 24-19 loss to LSU. Manziel is third in the SEC with 2,780 passing yards and is first with 1,014 rushing yards. He has also combined to score 33 total touchdowns. He's the SEC's most exciting player, and if the season were to end today, he would certainly deserve a trip to New York.