Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teo, Manziel Hit New York; Notre Dame Linebacker, Texas A&M QB Are Favorites for Heisman Tonight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teo, Manziel Hit New York; Notre Dame Linebacker, Texas A&M QB Are Favorites for Heisman Tonight

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NEW YORK Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo was looking forward to a break after a five-day, five-city tour, during which he has become the most decorated player in college football.

Im just trying to get a workout in and get some sleep Friday night, he said.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel seemed to have more energy when he arrived at a midtown Manhattan hotel with his fellow Heisman Trophy finalist. In fairness, Johnny Footballs week hasnt been nearly as hectic, though this trip to New York is different from the first time he visited with his family when he was young.

Its just taking it up a whole nother level, but happy to be here, he said.

Manziel and Teo spent about 30 minutes getting grilled by dozens of reporters in a cramped conference room, posed for some pictures with the big bronze statue that they are hoping to win and were quickly whisked away for more interviews and photo opportunities.

Manziel, Teo or Collin Klein, the other finalist, who couldnt make it to town Friday, each has a chance to be a Heisman first tonight.

Manziel is trying to be the first freshman to win the award. Teo would be the first winner to play only defense. Klein would be Kansas States first Heisman winner.

Manziel and Teo were on the same flight from Orlando, Fla., where several college football awards were handed out Thursday night. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback was just happy the 255-pound linebacker didnt try to record another sack when they met.

Hes a big guy, Manziel said, flashing a big smile from under his white Texas A&M baseball cap. I thought he might stuff me in a locker and beat me up a little bit.

The two hadnt had much time for sightseeing yet, but they did walk around Times Square some, saying hello to a few fans. They probably werent too difficult to spot in their team issued warm-up gear.

Weve just been talking about goofy stuff, Manziel said. Playing video games. Playing Galaga. Just some things from back in the day. Messing around with each other. …

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