It's been an incredibly successful season for Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. That success continued into the ACC Championship Game against the Duke Blue Devils, as he broke the ACC single-season and FBS freshman passing touchdown records on Saturday night.
The ESPN ACC Twitter account noted after throwing his 36th touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin in the second quarter that he had tied both records.
Jameis Winston just tied the ACC single-season record for TD passes and FBS record for most TD passes by a freshman with 36. #DUKEvsFSU— ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) December 8, 2013
His 37th passing touchdown came with just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter on a pass to Kenny Shaw. The Florida State football Twitter account announced that he officially broke both records:
That TD pass from Winston just set a new ACC single season pass TD record and the FBS freshman record. #Noles— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) December 8, 2013
Winston has been arguably the best quarterback college football this season, and he's only a redshirt freshman. Heading into Saturday, he had already thrown for 3,490 yards, 35 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 68.8 percent of his passes and adding another three rushing touchdowns.
Who should win the Heisman Trophy?
The Seminoles are fighting the Blue Devils to keep their No. 1 ranking and head to the BCS National Championship. While it is unclear who it would play at this point, Florida State would almost certainly be the favorite.
With achievements like this one, Winston is the clear front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. Other players like Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota and Jordan Lynch are certainly contenders, but all three have struggled over the past few weeks, killing their Heisman chances. Tre Mason has recently emerged as a Heisman contender, but it's still no guarantee that voters will have him over Winston.
Due to the fact that there's no other clear candidate, Winston should win by a landslide.
Winston won't be eligible to enter the NFL draft until after the 2014 season, so college football fans will be seeing him for at least another season, and he could continue to break records while in college.