A&M's Johnny Football is AP's Player of the Year

A&M's Johnny Football is AP's Player of the Year

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Heisman finalists quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks to the media after a press conference prior to the 78th Heisman Trophy.

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by Kristie Rieken / AP Sport Writer

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 3:53 PM

Chalk up another major award for Johnny Manziel.

The Texas A&M quarterback became the first freshman to be voted The Associated Press Player of the Year in college football on Tuesday. He also won the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award.

Manziel collected 31 votes to 15 for Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker, who finished second.

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 to 10 wins for the first time since 1998.

What's even more impressive? Manziel and his teammates did it in their first year in the SEC. Those wins included an upset of Alabama that showcased Manziel's ability for a national TV audience.

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