For the first time in Heisman history, a freshman walked away with the trophy. Texas A&M QB Johnathan “Johnny Football” Manziel beat out Notre Dame LB Mantei Te’o and Kansas State QB Collin Klein to win the most prestigious award in college football. There was no real front-runner for the award throughout the season. Players like WVU’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley were seen as leaders at certain points, but those guys never really provided a signature “Heisman moment” for the voters. Manziel, on the other hand, led Texas A&M to a 10-2 record that included an outstanding performance against national championship participant, Alabama.
Manziel was simply magical in the game. Against the number one team and defense in the nation, Manziel threw for 253 yards, ran for 92 yards and found the end zone twice. A signature win against that team (and a very catchy nickname) is exactly the type of thing a Heisman-hopeful needs to capture the nation’s eye. With one game left this season, Manziel has already shattered the SEC record for total offense that was set by 2010 Heisman winner, Cam Newton. It took Newton, a senior, two more games than it did Manziel to reach that amount of yardage, which shows how good this guy actually is. Manziel had one of the greatest regular seasons that we’ve seen in college football, so if any freshman ever deserved the award… it’s Johnny Football.
-The biggest news of the day is that Kentucky might have found its point guard. In a 74-46 win over Portland, Ryan Harrow dropped 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and had 6 assists with only 1 turnover. For this team to reach its full potential by March, Kentucky has to find a competent point guard to run the show. I believe Harrow is that guy but he has to regain his starting position and find continuity with his teammates before we find out for sure.
-No one wants Harrow to succeed more than John Calipari but Cal is using tough love to get him there. Some players would hate that, but Harrow seems to appreciate it. Harrow sent Calipari a text message earlier this week and thanked him for how hard he is pushing him. Calipari wrote back and told him he’s making strides.
-Coach Cal was particularly happy about how Harrow played against Portland but thought Harrow had a couple of breakdowns in play and sat him down because of it. ”I absolutely jerked him out of the game,” Calipari said. ”The other parts of the game, I thought he did fine.”
–How about Archie Goodwin? Posterizin’ fools.
-Goodwin and Alex Poythress combined for thirty points today. When these guys lead the team in scoring, Kentucky wins. It’s that simple. They can be the best 2/3 combo in the nation if they can be consistent.
-Kentucky’s ’96 National Championship team was honored during today’s game. Here’s a picture of them chilling with Saint Nick during their stay. Santa was happy to see the team, but was quoted as being “overwhelmed” by them. “They all kept asking for an “Andrew Wiggins” for Christmas. I don’t even know what that is,” he said.
-If you didn’t get a chance to watch ESPN’s 30 for 30 “You don’t know Bo”, please do. It’s outstanding. I was born in 1989, the peak of Bo Jackson’s career, so I had no idea how great this guy was. Forget Deion Sanders, Jackson was the best two-sport athlete ever. Our guy, Bomani Jones, gave a significant interview in the documentary and that makes us at KSR very, very happy. We see you, bro! Congrats.
-Looks like Mark Stoops has found his DBs coach:
-Finally, Tommy Tuberville jumped from Texas Tech to Cincinnati today. What does that have to do with Kentucky, you ask? Well, that move could push Neal Brown back to Lexington. Some people on twitter think the deal has already been made and we will see an official announcement next week sometime but KSR hasn’t heard anything yet. Others are reporting Brown is looking for a head coaching gig and has interviewed with both Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech. No one really knows what Brown will do but I’ll say this, though: I believe a guy like Neal Brown can make Maxwell Smith an absolute star, if Smith can stay healthy. I really like next year’s WR corps a lot, too. If Brown happens to be the offensive coordinator next year, expect a lot of points put up by the Cayts.
That’s all for now, folks. Goodnight and Go Cats.