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Manziel Named Maxwell, O'Brien Finalist

(November 19, 2012) -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was named finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. The Maxwell Award is for the Collegiate Player of the Year, while the O'Brien Award is given to the nation's best college quarterback.

Manziel, from Kerrville, Texas, became the first SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, and did it in just 11 games, which is the fastest in history.

Manziel has already broken the school record for total offense in a season with 4,161 yards and needs only 167 yards to break 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton's SEC record for total offense. He is Texas A&M's only 1,000-yard QB rusher, and his 1,114 yards rank second in SEC history only to Newton's 1,473 among quarterbacks.

Manziel has passed for 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards in three games this season, which had never been done in a season or a career by an NCAA FBS player. He's also produced two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in five games in 2012, which is the most since Florida's Tim Tebow did it six times during his Heisman Trophy winning season in 2007.

Junior offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was also named finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman.

The winners of the Outland Trophy, Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. CT.


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