NEW YORK -- As the college football awards scene shifts from Orlando to New York, Johnny Manziel continues to be the Heisman candidate creating the most buzz.
A pair of SEC defensive backs who saw what Manziel can do on the field say there's no doubt who they feel should bring home the Heisman.
Thorpe Award finalist Dee Milliner from Alabama, who was the victim of Manziel's fourth quarter touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy to help the Aggies beat the Crimson Tide, said, "If I had a vote for the Heisman, he'd get mine. No matter what you're a freshman or a senior, whatever you are. To do the things that he did this year in college football is unheard of and that's just a great player all-around."
Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks also had great things to say about the quarterback who torched his Bulldogs. "Johnny's a great football player. I don't think he's just a quarterback, he's a real football player. He's like a wide out playing quarterback. He's explosive, he's quick, he's agile, and when he gets in the open field he can make you miss. If you come up to tackle him he'll throw it right over your head and throw a touchdown. I've got a lot of respect for the kid and I wish him well."
The Heisman has a shot at staying in the Brazos Valley for a second straight season. Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams played with 2011 winner Robert Griffin III, and believes the 2012 trophy should stay in Texas.
"I'm pretty glad we didnt' play him. He's a tremendous football player. I saw a couple of his games and that's just somebody who can make a play last as long as ten seconds. To have somebody like that is a receiver's dream and a defense's nightmare. He's a very good football player and his chances are very high to win the Heisman on Saturday night."
Not everybody thinks the Heisman is Manziel's to lose. ESPN anaylst and former Georgia Bulldog David Pollack isn't 100 percent sold on Johnny Football being the best player in the nation. "It's not as clear cut as everybody wants to think."
Pollack also played the "system quarterback" card. "One thing you've got to look at with Sumlin's system is every quarterback plays well. I knew nothing about Johnny Manziel coming into this season. I'd have told you that he'd have thrown for a gazillion yards. Case Keenum threw for 5,800 yards in this offense a year ago. He's an offensive great coach. He knows how to draw up football plays."
Opinions aside the Heisman voters are the ones who have the final say.