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Johnny Football Named AP Player of the Year

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Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies kisses the Heisman Memorial Trophy after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at a press conference after the 78th Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies kisses the Heisman Memorial Trophy after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at a press conference after the 78th Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

AP – 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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