Manziel is second in the nation in total offense with more than 383 yards a game. He leads the SEC in yards rushing a game (98.4), pass completions a game (22.8), scoring per game (9.5) and points responsible for per game (21.5).
His success in what is widely considered the toughest football conference in the country is a big reason why some think his freshman status won't matter to voters.
“I don't think there's any reason not to vote for him, simply because he's a freshman,” CBS Sports analyst Verne Lundquist said. “He's put up numbers this year that are astounding. Not only are the stats astounding, but his style of play is so compelling. I would not be surprised if he won, and I think he's probably earned it.”
Some believe that Manziel could benefit from the fact that he's not a true freshman, but is in his second full year of college.
Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the award in 2007, starting a string of three straight sophomores to win it.
As for Manziel, he's still trying to grasp the fact that he's a top contender for the award, and says he hasn't even thought about writing a speech in case he wins. When he first heard his name mentioned for the award he was floored.
“It's something that you don't really believe,” he said. “But it's something that's cool to see.”
He said he's been able to stay grounded despite his meteoric rise from fighting for the starting job in August to leading the Aggies to 10 wins this season because of a tight-knit group of friends.
“My friends do the best job of making sure that doesn't get to my head or anything like that,” he said. “I think they're in love with more college football players than they even like me. They talk about Jeff Driskel or Braxton Miller or whoever it may be.”
“They talk about those guys all the time and it makes me sit back and think: `Do y'all even like me?“' Manziel said with a laugh.