In a conversation with WBNS-10TV’s Jeff Hogan, Ohio State great and two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin said that the race for the trophy is a close one.
“Whoever wins it is going to make history,” Griffin said.
Texas A&M’s freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, dubbed “Johnny Football” is said to be in the running to be a two-trophy winner, like Griffin.
“He would certainly have that opportunity being a freshman, being a red-shirt freshman,” Griffin said. “He’ll still have two years.”
Manziel would be the first freshman to receive the honor.
The other top nominees would also make history. Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'o would be the first defensive player to win.
Kansas State quarterback Colin Klein would be the university’s first winner.
When discussing his own Heisman victories, Griffin gave much credit to his Buckeye team members.
“The big thing is I was on a great team,” Griffin said. “I always felt I was at the right place at the right time.”
Ohio State’s Braxton Miller made was just short of making the top three.
“Braxton was for us what Manti Te’o was for Notre Dame,” Griffin said. “He was the heart and soul of our team. As Braxton went, so went our football team.”
Griffin sees big things in the future for Miller.
“I think the stage has been set for him to really make his mark in the future,” Griffin said.
Watch the extended version of Jeff Hogan’s interview with Griffin on 10TV News Saturday at 6 a.m.
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