That’s 383.3 yards of total offense per game. Only Baylor’s Nick Florence has more, but Nick Florence didn’t beat Alabama (or Iowa State). Klein’s total offense each game was 281.7, which just goes to show that numbers aren’t everything, but also goes to show Klein’s numbers do not compare with Johnny Football’s.
Another way to measure Manziel? Running or throwing, he was a part of 43 of A&M’s 72 touchdowns, or 60 percent. Also, his cumulative total offense — 4.600 yards — was 69.4 percent of A&M’s 6,628 yards of total offense.
The only real challenger to Manziel is Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame linebacker. I was tempted to pick him. I voted for Nadamukong Suh a few years ago and when Bob Stoops said OU had to be aware of Te’o in a way the Sooners last had to be aware of Suh, that made an impression.
Te’o has 103 tackles (8.6 per game) and an amazing seven interceptions. When has a linebacker ever had seven interceptions?
I kind of thought the same thing about Suh. When has a defensive tackle ever led his team in tackles?
Basically, when I voted for Suh, my thinking was the difference between Suh and the next best defensive tackle in the country, whoever it is, was so great that Suh became the choice. Did that make Suh the nation’s MVP? Probably not, but he was doing things I’d never seen from anybody else at his position and, at the time, it seemed like enough.
So, Te’o has the picks. And he’s a leader, and his story, which includes losing his grandmother and girlfriend, to leukemia, on back-to-back days is as tragic as Manziel’s story is fun.
Te’o is clearly worthy.