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Johnny Manziel was understandably wide-eyed, but he certainly didn't look, or sound, like a freshman as he hugged his parents, said a few calming words to his tearful dad, John Paul, and coolly strolled to the stage to accept the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He also didn't appear flustered or sound like he was new to addressing a crowd when he offered a polished and selfless acceptance speech, then thoughtfully fielded questions from the media -- something he wasn't allowed to do until the previous weekend. But inside, the 20-year-old Manziel (who just Tuesday celebrated the birthday he and his father share) was freaking out -- much like you'd expect the first freshman to win college football's most prestigious individual prize would do, after beating out two seniors for the right to hoist history. "I felt my heart like beating out to right here," Manziel said, holding his hand in front of his chest about 45 minutes after learning he'd finished well ahead of Notre Dame linebacker ...
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