Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/11/14
NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football's top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished a distant second and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third in the voting. In a unique Heisman race, with two nontraditional candidates, Manziel broke through the class barrier and kept Te'o from becoming the first purely defensive player to win the award. Manziel drew 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners. "I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid," he said during his acceptance speech after hugging his mom, dad and kid sister. Manziel seemed incredibly calm after his name was announced, hardly resembling the guy who dashes around the football field on Saturday. Te'o had 321 first-place votes an...
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