No Heisman Trophy winner has managed to repeat since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. With a target on one’s back each and every week, it is extremely difficult to put up the types of numbers it takes to be voted the Trophy winner in consecutive seasons.
It is safe to say that no winner has had the type of target on his back during the offseason that Texas A&M superstar Johnny Manziel has had to deal with.
With the NCAA breathing down Johnny Football’s neck with regards to a possible pay-for-autographs scandal, Manziel’s chances at repeating just got that much more slim.
In fact, Bovada no longer has him as the betting odds favorite to win the Trophy in 2013. The smart money is now on a young man from Griffin’s alma mater, quarterback Braxton Miller.
Just for fun, let’s compare their 2012-13 stats. Manziel was a redshirt freshman for an 11-2 Aggies bunch, while Miller was a true sophomore for a 12-0 Buckeyes crew.
Manziel completed 295 of 434 pass attempts (a 68.0 completion percentage) for 3,706 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 1,410 yards on 201 attempts (a 7.01 yards per carry average) and 21 more scores.
Miller completed 148 of 254 pass attempts (58.3-percent) for 2,039 yards, 15 touchdowns and six picks. He rushed for 1,271 yards on 227 attempts (5.60 yards per carry) and 13 more touchdowns.
That means Manziel compiled 5,116 total yards compared to Miller’s 3,310 combined. Manziel rushed and passed for 47 total touchdowns while Miller hit paydirt a combined 28 times.
If these numbers stay the same come fall, the smart money won’t be on Miller, no matter how many more wins Ohio State racks up.