Manziel, also the Davey O'Brien winner and the AP player of the year, was the first freshman to win the Manning Award, in its ninth year as a Sugar Bowl-sponsored tribute to the Manning family of quarterbacks.
Archie Manning, father of Super Bowl winners Peyton and Eli Manning, said he was surprised to learn from Manziel that he attended the Manning passing camp when he was in high school in the Central Texas town of Kerrville. He was quick to tell Manziel he had an open invitation to be a camp counselor.
"I can't say I know what he's going through, but he's handling everything extremely well," Manning said. "If I could have any advice for him on this, he will continue to have it. He's a special young man and it's a special time in his life and he needs to enjoy it."