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Johnny Manziel: Aggies QB nominated for Davey O'Brien Award

Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, which goes to the nation's top signal-caller.

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In the midst of a stellar freshman season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award on Tuesday, according to

Manziel accounts for 379.9 yards per game of total offense by himself, as the Aggies are averaging 524.6 yards per game and 43 points per contest in their 5-2 (2-2 in the SEC) start to the season.

So far, Manziel has thrown for 1,956 yards -- completing 63.8 percent of his passes -- along with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Additionally, the 6'1, 200-pound freshman has rushed for 703 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Other candidates, from the report, include USC's Matt Barkley, Tajh Boyd of Clemson, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Colby Cameron of Louisiana Tech, Seth Doege of Texas Tech, Baylor's Nick Florence, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Collin Klein of Kansas State, E.J. Manuel of Florida State, Alabama's A.J. McCarron, Braxton Miller of Ohio State, Georgia's Aaron Murray, Denard Robinson of Michigan, Geno Smith of West Virginia and Marcus Mariota of Oregon, who was the only other freshman named to the list.

Manziel and Texas A&M head to the Plains to take on the Auburn Tigers this Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT.

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