Johnny Manziel wins 2012 Heisman Trophy

Mike Stobe

The Texas A&M quarterback becomes the first freshman to ever win the award recognizing the nation's most outstanding college football player.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, finishing ahead of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.

Manziel, 20, redshirted in 2011 and took over as the starting quarterback for the Aggies in his redshirt freshman season in 2012. He completed 273 of 400 passes during the season for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns. Manziel also provided a dynamic rushing threat, as he ran for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns on 184 rushing attempts.

Prior to Manziel's win, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson was the closest a freshman came to winning the award, as Peterson finished as a runner-up to USC quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004. The young quarterback becomes just the second Texas A&M player to win the award, joining 1957 winner John David Crow.

Texas A&M will finish its season on Friday, Jan. 4 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners.

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