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Manziel holds off Te'o to win Heisman Trophy

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 06:20 p.m. HST, Dec 08, 2012

NEW YORK >> The Heisman Trophy remained exclusively an offensive player award as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel out-pointed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te‘o for the 78th annual award that symbolizes the most outstanding performer in the college game.

In a  beyond-remarkable season in which not much seemed to elude him, Te‘o, the Laie native, finished second in voting announced tonight at the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN.

"I definitely thought I could win and (the people who gave me) over 1,000 points thought the same thing," Te‘o said.

Manziel outpointed Te‘o, the Notre Dame linebacker, 2,029-1,706 to win the award emblematic of the most outstanding player in college football. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third with 894. Manziel had 474 first-place votes to 321 for Te'o and 60 for Klein.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the award, denying Te‘o the opportunity to become the first exclusively defensive player to win.

"I came a long way," Te‘o said afterward. "That's something to look at; I came a long way. They said that is the most points a defensive player has ever gotten, I guess. But you know, congratulations to Johnny. He deserves it. He had a wonderful season. I'm just relieved. Now it is time to get ready for battle (in the Jan. 7 Bowl Championship Series title game) against Alabama."

Te‘o, a team captain and heart of the nation's top-ranked scoring defense, led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular season, the No. 1 spot in the major polls and a berth in the Jan. 7 BCS title game. 

He won six major postseason awards this season, breaking the mark of five set by Charles Woodson of Michigan in 1997.

But Te‘o was thwarted in his bid to become the first pure defensive player to win the Heisman. Woodson won it in 1997, but in addition to starting at cornerback, he played wide receiver and returned kicks.

Manziel saluted Te‘o as "the heart and soul of their (Notre Dame's) defense and a big reason why they are 12-0."

Klein praised Te‘o's "passion and spirit" in playing the game.

Te'o was the first Hawaii native to be invited to New York as a Heisman finalist, and his second-place finish was the highest of anybody with Hawaii ties. UH's Colt Brennan finished third in 2007. 

"Obviously, I want to win. I didn't want to come here to get second (place). I want to win," Te‘o told reporters at a pre-Heisman get-together two hours before the presentation.

"I want to win because I want that honor and that attention not only for me and my family. I'm not just me, I represent a whole bunch of people. So for me to win this award it would bring a lot of honor and attention and love to the people that I represent and that's my only thing."

Te‘o said, "I'm a representative of that state (Hawaii) and I always will be. Everything I try to do I try to make them proud."

Te‘o said, "I was going to wear an i‘e, which is a Samoan skirt-like thing, that only Samoan men wear, but they (officials) asked me to just wear (a suit). We didn't think that would be appropriate for this event."

He was attired in a dark pin-stripe suit and wearing lei.

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gsc wrote:
B.S change the Heisman to Offensive player of the year ..
on December 8,2012 | 03:03PM
lee1957 wrote:
boo hoo, boo hoo.
on December 8,2012 | 03:35PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Boo hoo hoo...Teo didn't win the Heisman and now he just has to settle for millions of dollars the second his pen leaves the contract. My heart bleeds. Good job TM you did us proud!
on December 8,2012 | 04:11PM
lee1957 wrote:
I'm with ya, looking forward to seeing him play on Sunday. But it is disappointing to see gsc et.al. be such spoiled sports about the whole thing.
on December 8,2012 | 04:14PM
walaau808 wrote:
Spoiled sports? GSC is right! If Manti can win the other major player of the year awards (Walter Camp and Maxwell) then what gives? The Heisman voting system is what favors the offensive player, specifically QB's and RB's. What the Heisman Foundation should really do is have a separate Offensive and Defensive Heismans - now that would be fair!
on December 8,2012 | 09:18PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Kinda like in Hollywood--an actor could win major acting awards such as Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for Best Actor that clearly demonstrate that this actor is worthy of winning an Oscar--yet could still get snubbed by the Academy.
on December 9,2012 | 12:12AM
1local wrote:
no person of pacific asian ancestry has ever won the Heisman. picking a freshman was a mistake. Manti has done Hawaii proud. he made the right decision by choosing Notre Dame...
on December 9,2012 | 06:30AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Congrats to Manti - winner! OK, not the Heisman but he won everything else and besiders, they never give the Heisman to a defensive-only guy. Congrats to Johnny Football too and Colin Klein also.

PS....shoulda worn the i'e. :)

on December 8,2012 | 03:06PM
allie wrote:
Congrats to manti but the freshman was the clear winner. Only an offesnive winner can be considered a dominant player
on December 8,2012 | 03:09PM
allie wrote:
Just as I predicted..it went to an offensive player. Hard to win as a defensive player. Quite a feat for a freshman though. That said, congrats to manti.
on December 8,2012 | 03:07PM
64hoo wrote:
no allie you did'nt predict it you got it from the november 26 article by ferd lewis where he reported that handicappers across the US had manti te'o second behind the freshman quarterback you got that prediction from them not from your own mind.
on December 8,2012 | 04:34PM
64hoo wrote:
also stop gloating allie you did'nt predict nothing you only guessed it like everybody else who commented on the heisman before they announced the winner.
on December 8,2012 | 04:38PM
MakikiView wrote:
Te'o got most points ever received by a purely defensive player. An outstanding athlete. An outstanding man.
on December 8,2012 | 03:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Now if the Irish can whup some Alabama 'elemu, Manti can have the last laugh. #1 in the country is still the best award.
on December 8,2012 | 03:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Many thought the Irish did not have a fighting chance versus Oklahoma. If the Jets beat the Colts in Super Bowl III, then there is still a shot on Jan 7 in Miami.
on December 8,2012 | 03:18PM
64hoo wrote:
manti won the midwest voters with 1700 points but manzel won most of the other states. but manti is the first defensive player to have that many votes for a linebacker since the heisman came about. congradulation manti for representig our state stllwe are very proud of you.
on December 8,2012 | 03:10PM
bodai808 wrote:
Next year...Marcus!!
on December 8,2012 | 03:11PM
HanamauluBoy wrote:
Yes...if Marcus played in all four quarters in all of his games, his numbers would have way better than Johnny's. Marcus is by far the best Freshman QB in the country.
on December 8,2012 | 05:24PM
olos73 wrote:
Agree. Manziel was in almost all game long, even if they had blowouts. Coaches wanted to pad his stats. Marcus will show Manziel next year who is a better QB.
on December 8,2012 | 05:46PM
808wavewarrior wrote:
on December 8,2012 | 03:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It is okay because Te'o is ahead six to one, in terms of number of trophies won. The Te'o clan had #5 Te'o beside Kam Hwy and a celebration there today.
on December 8,2012 | 03:14PM
visitor wrote:
Too political...so sad.
on December 8,2012 | 03:19PM
Kaialemichi wrote:
Manti you do us proud ...
on December 8,2012 | 03:19PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Keith Amemiya? Manti has good bloodlines.
on December 8,2012 | 03:20PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The suspect was taken into custody and identified by federal law enforcement officials as 24-year-old James Holmes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
on December 8,2012 | 03:20PM
kaulanakala wrote:
Unreal....as impressive as "FAKE ID Manziel" on his AB stats...i would think as a Freshman the voters also would have taken into consideration his arrest etc...Manti is the best choice in stats...character etc... I wouldn't be surprised to hear about Manziel getting into trouble before his college days are over... A lot to be said about a someone that chooses to carry fake IDs and get into fights/arrested etc...good luck to Manti in his last game as a collegiate and best wishes for a great NFL career.
on December 8,2012 | 03:21PM
lee1957 wrote:
boo hoo, boo hoo
on December 8,2012 | 03:40PM
browniegirl wrote:
I'm with gsc. Call the Heisman what it really is: the best OFFENSIVE college player of the year. Because Manti already got two other awards for being the best college FOOTBALL player of the year.
on December 8,2012 | 03:23PM
Riamondred wrote:
Once both are in the NFL with some tenure, we'll have a better understanding of who the winner should have been. Post-Heisman winners have been all that phenomenal in the big leagues.
on December 8,2012 | 03:47PM
olos73 wrote:
That's right. Manti beat Manziel for the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards.
on December 8,2012 | 05:47PM
jussayin wrote:
Congrats to Manti. He had a great year; 4600 total yards, they beat Alabama, played in the tough SEC conference, blah, blah. Te'o should be very happy as he came in second and won many other awards. He also [obviously] had a great year. Another kudos to the North Shore. Just a note that there were 928 voters so I'm not sure how political it is.
on December 8,2012 | 03:54PM
64hoo wrote:
i guess the article by ferd lewis on november 26 it said handicappers have manti being second behind the freshman quarterback so the handicappers across the US were right. i was hoping they were wrong.
on December 8,2012 | 04:06PM
Randz808 wrote:
on December 8,2012 | 05:22PM
Bayman wrote:
they picked the right person.
on December 8,2012 | 05:29PM
mishtah wrote:
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on December 8,2012 | 06:09PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
You obviously have no community connection. Laie is a close community and we represent>
on December 8,2012 | 09:53PM
lifeisgood wrote:
Congratulations Manti. You are a class act!!
on December 8,2012 | 06:24PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Now, lets see how he, and ND, do against the SEC. May not be pretty, but we can hope. Had ND lost those games that went to overtime there would been even less hope for Mantimal.
on December 8,2012 | 06:46PM
jimbone wrote:
Everyone knows its an offensive award, history says it... Manzeil should win it all 4 yrs of his career. But he will be another Tebow in the NFL. Now Manti is off to another award, And hopefully on Jan 7, Another award.
on December 8,2012 | 07:18PM
lokela wrote:
What they should do is present a Heisman for offense and one for defense. Case closed.
on December 8,2012 | 07:39PM
mauiray wrote:
They will meet again often enough behind the line of scrimmage once Johnny football gets in the pros...
on December 8,2012 | 07:56PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Let's all do the Manti thing and accept this with class. Manti did.
on December 8,2012 | 08:02PM
false wrote:
When one does not have the EXPECTATION of winning, the VICTORY is THAT MUCH more SWEETER !!!!! Remember the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl that featured ND vs UH, the time that Te'o had to decide on USC vs ND as far as declaring his National Intent, with of course ND slamming UH, and seeing how USC did this year (and even being almost a consensus preseason number one) and ND not even ranked in the preseason (as was the case with Auburn when they went "all the way"), we have here the makings of a SUPREME celebration by the fighting irish if they defeat Alabama in the final BCS National Championship game prior to the system going to a four team playoff in 2014, after the 2013 season, or whatever. Ferd Lewis, please rescue me, I am being inundated by a Tsunami of thoughts of Jim Leahey saying for the 3,999,438th time, in these MAGNIFICENT HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, which I am totally sick of hearing. For goodness sakes, stop my Brain ! ! ! Or stop my Brian Te'o. Ha Ha Ha . . . . . Public Braddah, u furnish the headline I furnish the headache of u guys trying to read all this nonsense. FERD LEWIS . . . HELP ! !
on December 9,2012 | 02:50PM
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