Johnny Manziel ran for almost 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback his senior year of high school at Kerrville Tivy.
Who would have thought he’d be even more impressive at Texas A&M when pitted against the defenses of the Southeastern Conference?
On Tuesday, Manziel picked up another major award for his spectacular debut season. He was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year. As with the Heisman Trophy and Davey O’Brien Award that Manziel already won, the QB nicknamed Johnny Football is the first freshman to collect the AP award.
Manziel’s 31 votes were more than twice that of second-place finisher Manti Te’o, Notre Dame’s start linebacker. He is the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.
The 6-foot-1 Manziel threw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 1,181 yards and 19 more scores to help the Aggies win 10 games for the first time since 1998 – and in their inaugural SEC year, too.
Adams Central senior Dalton Combs has been named an Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 10-15. Combs scored 45 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an 85-78 double-overtime win over Woodlan.
Top high school recruit Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy is still weighing his college options. His father, Sonny, says he is trying to decide among Michigan State, Duke, Florida, Stanford and Brigham Young. Jabari Parker is scheduled to announce his choice Thursday.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license and remains eligible to play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina. Wolverines spokesman David Ablauf said that Robinson paid a fine and faces no additional punishment from the school.
Kent State turned to an alumnus for its head football coach, and Western Michigan looked to the NFL. Paul Haynes, 49, who played for the Golden Flashes from 1987 to 1991, replaces Darrell Hazell, who became Purdue’s coach Dec. 5. Haynes had been defensive coordinator at Arkansas. The Broncos hired Tampa Bay assistant P.J. Fleck, who played for Northern Illinois from 1999 to 2003. At 32, Fleck is the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were announced as the latest inductees of the World Golf Hall of Fame. They fill out the 2013 class that includes Willie Park Jr., Fred Couples and Ken Venturi.
Gracen Hirschy of Fort Wayne is one of 22 players selected to represent the United States at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 women’s championship in Finland from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5. Hirschy, a 5-foot-9 defenseman at Culver Girls Academy, recently signed a letter of intent to attend the University of North Dakota.
Brent Rathgeber, a member of the Canadian parliament, says the Stanley Cup should be awarded to an amateur team if the NHL labor fight isn’t settled in time to save the season. Rathgeber suggests the Cup could be the prize in a national competition to determine the best amateur team in Canada.
Lindsey Vonn doesn’t plan to do any serious training on skis during her midseason break from the World Cup. She said that she needs a break because she has yet to fully recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital last month.
Norwell soccer standout Halee Klopfenstein signed a letter of intent to attend Indiana Tech and play soccer. A 5-foot-3 striker, Klopfenstein scored 10 goals and 18 points for the Knights. She helped lead Norwell to a sectional championship in 2012.