Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel leads Scripps Heisman Poll

In its 77-year history, the Heisman Trophy has never been given to a freshman.

But "Johnny Football" has never been on the Heisman ballot before.

Texas A&M's freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, is poised to make history when this year's Heisman Trophy is awarded on Dec. 8. He leads the Scripps Heisman Poll with 47 points, receiving first-place votes from eight of the 10 pollsters.

Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' 47-28 victory over Sam Houston State last Saturday. Manziel has another chance to impress the Heisman voters this Saturday when Texas A&M (9-2, 9th in BCS rankings) hosts Missouri (5-6).

Manziel leapfrogged Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who had led the Scripps Heisman poll the previous four weeks. But in the Wildcats' first loss of the season last Saturday, Klein had his lowest passing rating and fewest rushing yards of the season.

In K-State's 52-24 loss to Baylor, Klein completed 27-of-50 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, while rushing for just 39 yards and one touchdown.

Klein received one first-place vote and 32 points overall. He and the Wildcats (10-1, 6th in BCS) are off this week. They finish their regular season on Dec. 1, when they host Texas (8-2, 16th in BCS).

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o remains third. He had 11 tackles in the Fighting Irish's 38-0 victory over Wake Forest. Notre Dame is 11-0 and is first in the BCS rankings. Te'o got one first-place vote and 27 points overall.

Te'o's last chance to impress the Heisman voters comes Saturday night against USC (7-4, unranked). USC's redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek will start his first collegiate game in place of injured starter Matt Barkley.

Wittek will be throwing to USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, who is fourth in this week's poll. He caught nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Trojans' 38-28 loss to UCLA.

Oregon Ducks' running back Kenjon Barner dropped a notch to fifth after rushing for just 66 yards in Oregon's 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford. Oregon is 10-1 and is ranked fifth by the BCS. Saturday they face Oregon State (8-2, 15th in BCS).

The Scripps poll is the longest running Heisman poll in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, it has correctly picked the Heisman winner in its final weekly poll 21 of 25 years, including Robert Griffin III last year. Ten Heisman voters each selected five players this week, and points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points for a first-place vote, four points for second, etc.

This week's top five:

Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes in parentheses).

1. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 3,047 passing yards, 67.7 completion pct., 21 TDs, 7 ints., 1,114 rushing yards, 17 TDs, 47 (8).

2. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 2,306 passing yards, 69.7 completion pct., 12 TDs, 3 interceptions, 787 rushing yards, 20 TDs, 32 (1).

3. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 98 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered, 1.5 sacks, 27 (1).

4. WR/KR Marqise Lee, USC, 107 receptions, 1,605 yards, 14 TDs, 704 return yards, 1 TD, 107 rushing yards, 11.

5. RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 1,426 rushing yards, 19 TDs, 19 receptions, 1 TD, 10.

Others receiving votes: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller 9, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd 6, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball 3, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron 3, Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch 2.

Last week's top five:

Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes in parentheses).

1. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 47 (8).

2. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 36 (2).

3. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 23.

4. RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 16.

5. WR/KR Marqise Lee, 11.

Voters: Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Randy Beard, Evansville Courier & Press; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Bob Condotta, Seattle Times; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com; Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Mike Griffith, Mlive.com; Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch, and Michael C. Lewis.

(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.shns.com)

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