ATLANTA -- Saturday night, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was announced as the winner of the 2012 Heisman Trophy. He made history as the first freshman ever selected for the award. The runner-up was Notre Dame's Manti Teo, captain of hjs team's defense.
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A freshman had never won, and neither had a purely defensive player. That meant both front-runners would have been long shots on any other year.
Even before the Heisman winner was announced Saturday night, the poker players at Locos pub on Briarcliff Road put all their chips on Manziel. He's been the consensus frontrunner since his breakout upset win over Alabama.
"Chances are it will be Johnny Football coming through even though he's only a freshman," said poker player Ryan Schaub. "Manti Teo, he's had big stats and he's won some games, but he hasn't made a major impact in every single game."
The award is designated for the best player in college football. Georgia's own Herschel Walker won as a junior in 1982, after finishing third in Heisman votes as a freshman in 1980. Many said his freshman year was the most impressive.
"Yeah, I think he was robbed," said Georgia fan Robert Christlieb.
The consensus for those playing the tournament was that history would be made with the pick of Manziel. They were right.