It's very likely that either Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel or Notre Dame's Manti Te'o will take home the 2012 Heisman Trophy award on Saturday night. But regardless of who wins, the two have already become fast friends while traveling the college football awards tour the last week.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are the two heavy favorites entering Saturday's Heisman Trophy ceremony, but regardless of if either wins (Kansas State's Collin Klein is also a finalist) the two have quickly forged a fast friendship. The pair flew to New York on the same flight from Orlando on late Thursday night, following the college football awards show.
Here's what Manziel had to say about the experience, with his quote coming via the Daily Herald:
"He’s a big guy," Manziel said. "I thought he might stuff me in locker and beat me up a little bit."
All joking aside, college football history will be made if either wins the award.
Manziel would become the first ever freshman Heisman Trophy winner, whereas Te'o would be the first player who strictly played defense to take home the Heisman as well. If Klein were to win, he'd also be the first ever Kansas State player to receive the honor.
But regardless of who wins the Heisman Saturday, it's been a busy week for all three.
At Thursday night's college football awards show, Te'o took home a record six trophies including the Maxwell Award as the nation's top player. Manziel won the Davey O'Brien Award as college football's top quarterback, while Klein won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award.
The Heisman Trophy will be presented on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST on ESPN.