COLLEGE STATION,TX — In a matter of a few months, Johnny Manziel, went from being virtually unknown to Aggieland's biggest star -- on and off the field.
"I don't really see myself as the "Johnny Football"l craze that has swept Aggieland and kind of swept the nation," said Manziel. "I just see myself as Johnny Manziel from Kerrville, TX."
But after leading the Aggies into a new football conference and a 10-2 winning record which included the massive upset of the then number one team in the nation, Alabama, Johnny Football quickly became the Heisman candidate frontrunner.
"This year it's a whole new game because we have Johnny Football and he's going to win the Heisman, there's no way he can't win it," said junior Mark Beecham.
Stephen Loughren added, "This is the beginning of a dynasty for Texas A&M football."
Thursday night at the 22nd Home Depot College Football Awards, Johnny Football won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, while Manti Te'o won the Maxwell Award and some say it's a prediction of what's going to happen Saturday night in New York.
"It's almost like a consolation prize, with the Maxwell Award," said Loughren. "Only two of the last 12, being Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, were the only two that won both awards so that's why I think Johnny has a good shot."
"It's a great sign," said Zach Rychtyk. "He's the best quarterback so I think he'll win."
And when asked about his chances at winning the Heisman in his first media interview earlier this month, Manziel said it would be a dream come true.
"It's so surreal to even be mentioned in the same category, in the same sentence, as a Heisman winner, so it would just be a dream come true for me to even go to New York."
And if Johnny Football wins, he'll not only be the first freshman to ever win the Heisman, he'll also be the second Central Texas football player in a row to bring home the trophy after RG3 at Baylor.