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Heisman history: from Berwanger to Manziel? A football quiz

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 24, in College Station, Texas. Manziel appears to be the favorite to become the first freshman to ever win college football's biggest individual prize. (Dave Einsel/AP)

History, many suspect, will be made when the winner of the 78th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy is announced Saturday at the Best Buy Theater in New York’s Times Square. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be the favorite to become the first freshman (a redshirt freshman) in his case to ever win college football’s biggest individual prize. The legend of “Johnny Football” reached its zenith when he led the Aggies to a stunning upset of Alabama Nov 10. The closest any freshman previously came to capturing the Heisman came in 2004, when Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson finished second. To gauge your Heisman IQ, try taking this 20-question quiz.

- Ross AtkinStaff writer

1. Jay Berwanger, the triple-threat halfback who won the first Heisman in 1935, played for what former Big Ten Conference school that dropped football for many years, beginning in 1939?

Jay Berwanger played at the University of Chicago, a charter member of the Big Ten Conference in 1896. The school dropped football for many decades to concentrate on its academic mission, but it reinstated a varsity program, at the Division III level, in 1969.

Jay Berwanger played at the University of Chicago, a charter member of the Big Ten Conference in 1896. The school dropped football for many decades to concentrate on its academic mission, but it reinstated a varsity program, at the Division III level, in 1969.

Jay Berwanger played at the University of Chicago, a charter member of the Big Ten Conference in 1896. The school dropped football for many decades to concentrate on its academic mission, but it reinstated a varsity program, at the Division III level, in 1969.

Jay Berwanger played at the University of Chicago, a charter member of the Big Ten Conference in 1896. The school dropped football for many decades to concentrate on its academic mission, but it reinstated a varsity program, at the Division III level, in 1969.

DePaul

 

Wabash College

 

University of Chicago

 

Bradley

 
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