If the Heisman Trophy has driven a competitive wedge between Manti Te'o and Johnny Manziel, you couldn't sense it Friday afternoon in a stuffy hotel ballroom in Times Square, where the two frontrunners for college football's most prestigious award met with the media in advance of Saturday night's trophy ceremony.
With reporters from Manhattan to Maui on hand, Notre Dame linebacker Te'o and Texas A&M quarterback Manziel spent more than a half-hour heaping lavish praise upon one another -- as well as third Heisman finalist Collin Klein -- and there wasn't an ounce of hostility or animosity to be found.
"Whoever wins deserves to win; they didn't win by luck," said Te'o, who will look to become the record-setting eighth Notre Dame player to win the award. "(Manziel) and Collin have proven themselves and they deserve to be here, and whoever wins was supposed to."
Though they had met just one day prior, at the college football awards show in Orlando, Fla., Manziel and Te'o spoke li...