Call Him Johnny Heisman
Becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy, Johnny Manziel edged out Manti T’eo and Collin Klein to take home the first Heisman to College Station since John David Crow. He fully deserved the trophy, and proved it in the Cotton Bowl a few weeks later.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were a great team in 2012. Eight Bulldogs would go on to play in the NFL, and the team would finish 9-3 on the year. In the rescheduled game, Louisiana Tech was able to trade blows with the high-powered Aggie offense. Late in the fourth quarter, the Aggies were faced with a third-and-23 that could just about win them the game. Even on third-and-23, Johnny Manziel had the Bulldogs right where he wanted them. On defense.
The 2012 Aggies had one very large Achilles Heel. The kicking game was very hit-and-miss. The Texas A&M coaches were willing to try anything to get consistent points out of the kickers. In the LSU game in particular, kicker Taylor Bertolet missed an extra point and two field goals. That left seven points on the field in the five point loss. Against Sam Houston State, Johnny Manziel trotted out to attempt an extra point. He missed it, but it shows again that football is fun, and Johnny had fun playing the sport.