Heisman Contender Johnny Manziel Calls First Season Incredibly Surreal
College Station, TX
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel described his first season with the Aggies as "incredibly surreal", crediting teammates for his outstanding play that could win him the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel accounted for 43 touchdowns, eclipsed Cam Newton's SEC record for total offense in a season with 4,600 yards and led the Aggies to 10 wins this year.
"This season has been incredibly surreal and beyond my wildest imagination," said Manziel in his first teleconference with the media because of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin's policy of prohibiting freshmen from talking to the press.
"But it's a true testament to how this team has grown each and every week, because without those guys, my individual success wouldn't mean anything," added Manziel.
Several polls put Manziel as the leading candidate to become the first freshman to win the coveted trophy, something that he dreams of winning.
"It's something you dream about, sitting there creating all these video games when you're a kid and putting up crazy numbers," Manziel said. "It's something you can only sit back and dream about. It's the biggest award in college football."
Despite his superstar status around the Texas A&M campus, Manziel said he doesn't let success to get into his head, adding he does not see himself as a celebrity.
"I'm a small-town kid from Kerrville, Texas," said Manziel, who is still getting used to people asking for his autograph.
"It's a great group of people here at Texas A&M, and everybody you run into is incredibly polite," he said.
Meet 'Johnny Football'
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was not allowed to speak to the media during the season. But as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy, Manziel finally met the television cameras. No freshman has ever won the Heisman
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