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Heisman finalists 2012: Johnny Manziel among finalists

Manziel could become the first freshman to ever win the prestigious award.

USA TODAY Sports

The Heisman Trophy finalists were revealed on Monday with Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel among the three players named as a potential candidate for the award.

If named the winner, Manziel would become the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and only the second from the Aggies. The only Texas A&M winner was halfback John David Crow in 1957. Three sophomores have won the award, but a freshman has finished no better than second.

Also named as finalists were Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, both seniors. Te'o is looking to become the first defensive player to win since Charles Woodson in 1997, while Klein would become the first Kansas State player to ever win the award.

The Heisman Trophy Ceremony, at which the winner of the award will be revealed, is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT Dec. 8 and will be televised on ESPN.

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