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2012 Heisman Trophy: Johnny Manziel becomes first freshman to win

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Johnny Manziel is first freshman to win Heisman

The Texas A&M quarterback took home the honor on Saturday night.

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2012 Heisman highlights three deserving finalists

The greatest individual achievement in college football, the Heisman Trophy, will be awarded Saturday at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, and this year's group of finalists are gems.

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Heisman Trophy 2012 announcement time and TV info

When, where, and how to watch the presentation of the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

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Heisman Trophy: Can Johnny Football lose the race?

The 2012 Heisman Trophy race comes down to the final weekend. Can anyone make a run at front runner Johnny Manziel?

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Heisman Trophy race has clear-cut favorite

College football's regular season came to a close this weekend, and after the dust settled Texas A&M Aggies freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is the Heisman Trophy front-runner.

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Heisman Trophy 2012: Week 1 Performances

The first week of the Heisman Trophy race is in the books, and there were many great performances that gave players a leg up on the nation's best player award that will be handed out in December at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Below is the stats of the top 15 players listed in the initial SB Nation New York Heisman Trophy rankings, and a few other honorable mentions that may get others into the race.

Top 15 (in order)

Matt Barkley, USC Trojans, QB: 23-of-28 for 377 passing yards with four touchdowns vs. Hawaii Warriors. Team earned 49-10 victory.

Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines, QB: 11-of-26 for 200 passing yards with a TD and two interceptions vs. Alabama Crimson Tide. Team lost 41-14.

Robert Woods, USC, WR: six receptions for 42 receiving yards and two TDs.

Montee Ball, Wisconson Badgers, RB: 120 rushing yards on 32 carries and one TD in a 26-21 victory over Northern Iowa.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma Sooners, QB: 21-of-36 for 222 passing yards with two TDs in a 24-7 win over UTEP.

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina Gamecocks, RB: 110 rushing yards on 23 carries with two TDs in a 17-13 victory over Vanderbilt.

De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, RB: 64 rushing yards on three three carries and 55 receiver yards on four catches in a 34-27 victory over Arkansas State.

Tajh Boyd, Clemeson Tigers, QB: 24-of-35 for 208 passing yards with one INT and TD , and 58 rushing yards on 19 attempts in a 26-19 victory over Auburn.

Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs, QB: 15-of-26 for 258 yards with three TDs in a 45-23 victory over Buffalo.

E.J. Manuel, Florida St. Seminoles, QB: 16-of-22 for 188 yards with one TD and INT, and 38 rushing yards on five attempts in 69-3 victory over Murray State.

Knile Davis, Arkansas Razorbacks, RB: 70 rushing yards on 18 attempts, one reception for 19 receiving yards in a 49-24 victory over Jacksonville State.

Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB: 32-of-36 for 323 passing yards and four TDs, and 65 rushing yards on eight carries and a TD in a 69-34 victory over Marshall.

Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St. Spartans, RB: 210 rushing yards on 44 carries and two TDs, and 55 receiving yards on six catches in a 17-13 victory over Boise State.

Tyler Bray, Tennessee Volunteers, QB: 27-of-41 for 333 passing yards with two TDs and an INT in 35-21 victory over North Carolina State.

Tavon Austin, WVU, WR: 53 receiving yards on 10 catches and one TD, and 66 rushing yards on three attempts in 69-34 victory over Marshall.

Honorable mention

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Cornhuskers, QB: 26-of-34 for 354 passing yards and five TDs in 49-20 victory over Southern Miss.

Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada Wolf Pack, RB: 145 rushing yards on 34 attempts and three TDs.

Braxton Miller, Ohio St. Buckeyes, QB: 12-of-24 for 207 passing yards and two TDs, and 161 rushing yards for 17 carries and a TD in a 56-10 victory over Miami (OH).

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse Orange, QB: 44-of-65 for 470 passing yards with four TDs and one INT, and 30 rushing yards on 12 carries in a 42-41 loss to Northwestern.

Venric Mark, Northwestern Wildcats, RB: 281 total yards, including 84 rushing yards on 14 carries, a 82-yard punt return for a TD and a 16-yard TD reception.

For more news on the Heisman Trophy, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For more SB Nation videos, check out its YouTube page.

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2012 Heisman Trophy Rankings, Week 1: Matt Barkley's Race To Lose

Candidacies for the 78th annual Heisman Trophy begin Thursday, as multiple college football season openers will be played all across the country. From now until December, when the trophy is presented at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, everyone involved with college football will be debating who the nation's best player is.

Entering Week 1, dozens of players will be considered as candidates for the Heisman. But if you're not sure who is and who isn't and need a list, below is SB Nation New York's top 15 candidates entering the first week.

  1. Matt Barkley, USC Trojans, QB
  2. Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines, QB
  3. Robert Woods, USC, WR
  4. Montee Ball, Wisconson Badgers, RB
  5. Landry Jones, Oklahoma Sooners, QB
  6. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina Gamecocks, RB
  7. De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, RB
  8. Tajh Boyd, Clemeson Tigers, QB
  9. Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs, QB
  10. E.J. Manuel, Florida St. Seminoles, QB
  11. Knile Davis, Arkansas Razorbacks, RB
  12. Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB
  13. Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St. Spartans, RB
  14. Tyler Bray, Tennessee Volunteers, QB
  15. Tavon Austin, WVU, WR

As the season progresses, this list will be updated (weekly) and narrowed, so by December it can help predict this year's Heisman Trophy winner.

Of course, no list would be credible unless it had reasoning behind it -- of course, that's if you describe my reasoning as "credible". So, let me give you a few thoughts about the Heisman race heading into Week 1.

Its Barkley's trophy to lose

Four years of waiting have come down to this: a National Championship run, a solid Heisman Trophy candidacy and, hopefully, a resume good enough to help him become the No. 1-overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

All of that is at stake for the Trojan senior, who probably will be disappointed if all three weren't accomplished by year's end. (Note: one of three happened for Andrew Luck and things are OK for him.)

To get to the point, the Trojans enter their season with a lot of offensive firepower that should mow through a mediocre non-conference and Pac-12 slate -- the only hiccup (or Heisman Trophy moment) should came Nov. 3 against visiting Oregon.

All-in-all, everything is being served to Barkley on a giant Heisman Trophy platter. All he needs to do is eat the food and not gag all over the guests.

I like B.J. Daniels (South Florida Bulls, QB) as a dark horse

Yes, Daniels isn't in my initial top 15 but I'll go on the record and say, he's going to be a factor in this race.

The 6-foot-0, 217-pound single caller, who's entering his fourth year as starter at USF, has all the tools to be THAT guy which comes out of nowhere to be a finalist visiting NYC in December.

And it all starts Sat., Sept. 29, against visiting FSU -- mark it down.

Enjoy Week 1

Right off the bat, college football sends us some doozy games that will have Heisman Trophy implications.

All I have to say is: Enjoy Michigan State (Le'Veon Bell) vs. Boise State; Michigan (Denard Robinson) vs. Alabama; and Clemson (Tajh Boyd) at Auburn.

Lists are silly, but fun

To be honest, weekly lists or power rankings drive me insane. Week-by-week so much can change. And what usually happens by the end of the season? Its the full body of work that helps a player earn the Heisman Trophy.

But, lists are also fun and is why people love to look'em up. So, if you're reading this and hating every word, please, stick around because by year's end you will be glad you did.

For more news on the Heisman Trophy, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For more SB Nation videos, check out its YouTube page.

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Heisman Trophy Watchlist 2012: Las Vegas Odds Make Matt Barkley Front-Runner

Las Vegas released the betting odds for the 2012 Heisman Trophy race Friday, and USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley is the preseason favorite to win college football's top honor with 3-to-1 odds. The 78th annual Heisman Trophy presentation will take place in December at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Besides Barkley, the next best line was given to Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball who is a 6-1 favorite. Michigan Wolverines' quarterback Denard Robinson enters the season with 7-1 odds, while West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (8-1) and Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones (9-1) rounded out the top five, respectively.

Long shots feature: South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (18-1), Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas (20-1) and Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson (33-1).

If you're not sure which player is the best option, SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein has a full breakdown:

For more news on the Heisman Trophy, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For more SB Nation videos, check out its YouTube page.

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