Jameis Winston, 19, freshman quarterback from Florida State, becomes the youngest player and first player from the ACC in 13 years to win the coveted Heisman trophy.
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Winston beat out Alabama’s AJ McCarron (704), Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch (558), Boston College’s Andre Williams (470), Johnny Manziel (421), and Auburn’s Tre Mason (404) for college football’s top honor.
As previously reported, the standout athlete was accused of rape, but the Florida District attorney decided not to press charges.
Within hours of the announcement that charges would not be filed against Winston, the sports world took a collective sigh of relief and Heisman talk kicked into full gear.
Winston never waivered in professing his innocence.
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Winston took college football by storm this season, lifting No. 1-ranked Florida State to its first BCS national championship game appearance since 2000. He put himself on the radar with a stunning performance in the Seminoles’ opening victory at Pittsburgh and never stopped, finishing the season with 3,820 passing yards and 38 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Winston completed 67.9 percent of his passes and led the nation in passing efficiency.
Winston won by the seventh-largest margin of any Heisman winner with 2,205 points , but 13 percent of voters left him off their ballots completely.
A native of Hueytown, Ala., Winston was rated by several scouting services as nation’s the No. 1 quarterback prospect, choosing Florida State over Alabama and Auburn. He sat out last season as a redshirt while E.J. Manuel quarterbacked the Seminoles to an ACC title and Orange Bowl victory. Winston is also an elite baseball prospect who played for Florida State last spring and plans to play again this year.
On Friday, he said he wanted to be better than Bo Jackson, the last legitimate two-sport star.
“I want to do both the rest of my life,” Winston said. “That’s my dream.”