Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/12/14

No one knows exactly what winning the Heisman Trophy requires. We do have an idea of what you can't do. You can't play just defense. Unless you're Archie Griffin, you can't win it twice. You can't be an offensive lineman. You couldn't win it as a freshman until Saturday night, when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel snagged the award in a decisive win over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. In the Aggies' first season in their new home in the SEC, "Johnny Football" came to represent A&M's new identity. Manziel piloted first-year coach Kevin Sumlin's high-octane offense, producing some eye-popping stats to go along with a surprising 10-2 season. Along the way, his improvisational skills produced a number of highlight-reel plays. And if you're scoring at home, a player from the SEC has now won the Heisman in four of the last six years to go along with those six straight national championships. (Manziel was also named the winner of the prestigious 2012 Bloguin Heisman as well.)

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