If the Heisman Trophy people are to be taken at their word, that their award "annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity," the kid known as "Johnny Football" has to be the choice.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, as he was known before the nickname stuck, is a transformative player. If you take him off the ninth-ranked Aggies, they are not the same. Their transition into the Southeastern Conference is less steady, their decision to secede from the Big 12 more second-guessable, their season less exciting.
Manziel made it impossible to tell the tale of this college season without him.
The problem is logic and awards have only a casual relationship. Voters screw these things up often and for reasons like "we usually do not do that" and "you see, Johnny Football is a freshman," and this may cost Manziel the Heisman.
I know, I know, people are saying he is the prohibitive favorite to w...