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Heisman winner Manziel headlines FWAA All-America team

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Earlier this month, Johnny Manziel became the first freshman — redshirt or otherwise — to take home the Heisman Trophy.  This afternoon, the Texas A&M quarterback added yet another first.

In its announcement of the 2012 edition of its All-America team, the members of the Football Writers Association of America tabbed Manziel as the starting quarterback on the squad.  He became the first freshman quarterback in the 69-year history of the FWAA team.

Manziel was also one of 11 players from the SEC on the 26-player team, easily the most of any single conference.  The Big 12 and Pac-12 had three players apiece, with the ACC (two) and MAC (two) the only other leagues with more than one player.

As far as individual schools go,  A&M — Manziel, offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews and defensive end Damontre Moore — and Alabama — center Barrett Jones, offensive tackle Chance Warmack and defensive back Dee Milliner — were the only ones with more than one player placed on the team.

A pair of Joneses — Alabama’s Barrett and Georgia’s Jarvis — were the only players to repeat the honor from the 2011 team.

There were 12 seniors and 11 juniors this year’s squad, with just two sophomores represented — USC WR Marqise Lee and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.  Manziel as a freshman, of course, accounted for the last of the 26 players.

In another oddity, the tight end position wasn’t included this year.  Instead, the release explained, “three wide receivers [were selected to] the team because of the depth of talent at the position.”

2012 FWAA All-America Team

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13 Responses to “Heisman winner Manziel headlines FWAA All-America team”
  1. mikefoxtrottango says: Dec 14, 2012 2:16 PM

    Big 12 All-Americans:

    Texas A&M:


  2. mgmac says: Dec 14, 2012 2:26 PM

    on this list – Six (6) players from the state of Texas

  3. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 4:01 PM

    Pac-12 = 3
    Big 12 = 3
    B1G = 1

    SEC = 11

  4. Mr. Jones says: Dec 14, 2012 4:05 PM

    The number 1 team in the FBS only had one player. I think that is crazy.

  5. ukeone says: Dec 14, 2012 4:05 PM

    …And not a single one is from Austin…..just goes to show that UT will literally ‘kill’ for a top 5 recruiting class every year, but their coaches can’t do anything with these student-athletes ‘individually.’ Mack Brown & staff are true morons and need to go NOW!

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 14, 2012 5:05 PM

    Glad to see the SEC fans can count. Very much improved from last week class.

  7. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 5:15 PM

    @madtownthrowdown …

    Glad to see B1G fans are still bitter. Makes the blogs so much more entertaining :)

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 14, 2012 5:57 PM

    Who do you cheer for Deb? The hot SEC team that week? Bama? Or the entire conference?

  9. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 7:06 PM

    @madtownthrowdown …

    Bama, of course. And I hate some of the other teams in the conference–our internal rivalries are more fierce than you can imagine. But this Us-v.-Them thing is rooted in the history of the region. My dad always pulled for Bama first, then Auburn, then any other SEC team playing. It took many years for me to understand that, and I still can’t root for Auburn except in extraordinary circumstances. So I’m not surprised the conference loyalty puzzles outsiders. It just comes with the territory for us.

  10. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 14, 2012 8:00 PM


    I’ve been a die hard Bama fan since 1967 as a Bama grad when one Bama coach beat another Bama coach in the Cotton Bowl (Stallings beat Bryant, A&M vs Alabama) and Bryant hoisted Stallings in the air like proud poppa.

    The rest of the country still view the South as backward and ignorant, let them. It doesn’t matter.
    Shug Jordan told me in 1973 that the South views football as a release from the horror of the American Civil War and being invaded, destroyed, impoverished. It pits family against family, state against state, school against school. It’ is no holds bar….

    But when an SEC school plays anyone outside the conference, whether a non conference game or a bowl game, The conference takes pride in supporting other conference members against the “Yankees”, (His words, not mine).

    I can’t see a problem supporting kin, as long as I ain’t “supporting” kin.

    A&M is going to be a great addition to the SEC,

    Do we hate each other, no more than Ohio State hates Michigan, or USC hates UCLA, or Oregon State hates Oregon, Texas, well every one hates Texas.(lol)

  11. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 8:14 PM

    @amos …

    Love that line about supporting kin as long as we’re not “supporting” kin. You said it! :)

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 14, 2012 11:55 PM

    Joeckel, Matthews, DeMonster, and JFF.

    Sumlin’s biggest recruiting job is to get all of the bigs to come back for one more year.

  13. gfj7000 says: Dec 15, 2012 2:51 PM

    John- Good article however – many of the commenters would criticize the FWAA that this voting is skewed WORSE than the AP All-American team published earlier in the week. First – there are (4) players alone from Texas A&M – I didn’t know that they were the #1 team in the country – with (2) losses. Second – there are (5) players from the State of Texas – Wow! I know they’re the second biggest state in the continental USA – but WHY – Texas? Third – there are (11) players out of (26) from the SEC? WOW ! What happened here? I know everyone thinks that the SEC is King! Come on, guys – FACE REALITY! What about the Big 10 & Big 12 conferences? At least give Montee Ball some credit – he won a few Top awards. ? These writers should WRITE articles instead of VOTE . Is there something wrong with this picture? Comments?

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