E.J. Manuel not worrying about the Heisman Trophy

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The Florida State coaching staff is trying to calm the growing hype surrounding their senior QB.

After a nationally televised win against Clemson where he completed 27-35 passes for 380 yards and 2 TD's and 0 INT's, Florida State QB E.J. Manuel has thrust his name into the Heisman race.

When asked about it at a press conference on Tuesday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher gave a colorful analogy (courtesy of The Florida Times-Union):

"Do you want to be a show dog or a hunting dog?" Fisher asked rhetorically. "[The Heisman] has nothing to do with our season. If he would win it, that would be wonderful. That's all great. But that's not for him to decide. For him to decide is what kind of teammate he's going to be. What kind of leader he's going to be and how he's going to go each week."

While it's not exactly the clearest analogy in the world, Fisher's point is unassailable. The Heisman is as much an award for team excellence as it is individual accomplishment; it's very rare that a Heisman winner isn't playing in a BCS game, if not the national title game, at the end of the year.

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