At 6-feet, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is noticeably shorter than Tim Tebow, who is 6-3, or Cam Newton (6-5). Yet in a couple of weeks, this probable All-S.E.C. quarterback could very well be looking down on his predecessors in the conference record books. Manziel has been putting up numbers at a rate eclipsing nearly all dual-threat phenoms before him, and he is on pace to become the first player in S.E.C. history to top both 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards.
He is not the only freshman quarterback breaking records. No. 2 Oregon’s Marcus Mariota leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 72 percent completion rate and 28 touchdowns. He has attempted 78 runs, reeling off 6.6 yards a carry. And with most of Oregon’s games well in hand early on, Mariota typically sits much of the second half.
No doubt these players’ numbers merit consideration for All-American teams. But are they good enough to win the Heisman Trophy?