Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
Chalk up another major award for Johnny Manziel.
The Texas A&M quarterback became the first freshman to be voted The Associated Press Player of the Year in college football Tuesday. He also won the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award.
Manziel collected 31 votes to 15 for Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame linebacker, who finished second.
The 6-foot-1 Manziel threw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, and ran for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to help the Aggies to 10 wins for the first time since 1998.
What's even more impressive? Manziel and his teammates did it in their first year in the SEC. Those wins included an upset of Alabama that showcased Manziel's ability for a national TV audience.
Manziel became the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.
MICHIGAN: Quarterback Denard Robinson pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license and remains eligible to play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.
JACKSONVILLE STATE: The school hired South Alabama defensive coordinator Bill Clark as football coach.
UTAH STATE: Sini Tauauvea, a junior lineman from West Valley City, Utah, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, on charges of misdemeanor battery and trespassing after the Aggies' bowl victory Saturday.
CRAIG BOHL of North Dakota State was the national coach of the year in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision.