In one moment things changed forever. In an instant the world was divided. Lines were drawn and troops were readied for battle and all of it was because of an announcement made on Saturday night. The moment Johnny Manziel’s name was read from the stage, in New York City, announcing him as the newest Heisman winner and first freshman to ever win the award the world went crazy. Well at least the sports world.
Claims of SEC bias were heard in Kansas. Wildcat fans thought Klein had this one in the bag. He was a senior quarterback with one loss and up against a freshman and a pure defensive player. History was on their side. Never had this prestigious award gone to a freshman or a purely defensive player. They would finally have their Heisman winner to help heal the pain of their Baylor Beatdown. Instead they received salt for their wounds. The sting was not just that it was a freshman but a freshman on a team that defected from their league, Big XII, a season ago and put the future of KSU, KU, ISU and Baylor at risk.
This was K-State’s year their quarterback, Klein, lead them to a #1 BCS ranking and Optimusklein was going to bring them a national title and a Heisman in the same year. But Klein didn’t come close to winning either. His horrible performance at Baylor revealed his weaknesses and a 28 point beatdown by an unranked opponent crushed the National Title dreams and Heisman dreams for anyone not sporting purple and white.
Realignment weakened leagues and exposed players. Those once thought to be contenders, Geno Smith & Landry Jones, are shown to be pretenders and the same was true Saturday night. Honestly when stats are examined one wonders how Klein even got invited. Every time I thought about Klein winning the Heisman two things came to mind 1) If he wins it will be by default. (The committee not wanting a Freshman or Defense player to win) and 2) the words from a Knights Tale “you have been weighed…you have been measured and you have been found wanting.”
Manziel totaled 4,600 yards, 43 TDs (24 passing) and 8 INTs…Klein totaled 3,380 yards 37TDs (15 passing) and 7 INT. The numbers don’t lie.
Te’o would have made a worthy recipient but unfortunately there is really no way, as of right now, to quantify defensive stats. He had a great season, a Heisman worthy season but so did Manziel and Johnny plays the right position to elevate him to the top of the Heisman race and win the most coveted trophy in all of sports. As much as it hurts to see a Big XII defect win the Heisman this soon to leaving Johnny Football earned every bit of the honor and proved himself to be a class act on Saturday night.
So put the conspiracy theories away and congratulate this young man on his great achievement and who knows maybe him winning this year has opened the door for a KSU or ND freshman to win next year or a few years down the road.