Florida State freshman Jameis Winston has been honored with the 2013 Davey O'Brien Award, which is handed out to the top quarterback in college football, per the Foundation's official Twitter account:
As ESPN indicates, Winston was also named the Walter Camp Player of the Year winner:
Florida State QB Jameis Winston wins Walter Camp Player of the Year award. He's 2nd from FSU to win award, joining QB Charlie Ward in 1993.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 13, 2013
Winston was the biggest breakout star in college football this season.
His presence led Florida State and allowed the Seminoles offense to reach another level, which was a key factor in the team completing an undefeated regular season and securing a berth in the BCS National Championship Game next month.
The Alabama native completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for over 3,800 yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing just 10 interceptions. He also chipped in four rushing touchdowns to cap a statistically great season few predicted.
Winston beat out fellow finalists Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who won the coveted award last season, and AJ McCarron of Alabama.
In turn, he joins a star-studded list of quarterbacks to have been honored by the Davey O’Brien Foundation. Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning and Cam Newton are some of the previous winners that immediately jump off the list.
Who would have been your pick for the award?
While Manziel had another terrific season for the Aggies and McCarron deserves more credit for his success with the Crimson Tide, it's hard to argue against Winston as the rightful winner of the award.
Heading into bowl season, he leads the nation in passer efficiency with a rating slightly above 190. No other qualified quarterback had a rating of 180 or higher. He also leads all quarterbacks in ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating with a mark near 91.
Add in the team's success and Winston had a dream season for a quarterback, and it's not over yet. The Seminoles are in the process of preparing for their showdown with Auburn in early January to decide the national title.
Ultimately, the overall success of the season hinges heavily on how Winston and his teammates perform in the season's final game. But his great performance throughout the regular season shouldn't be overlooked, regardless of the championship outcome.
Winston enjoyed one of the best freshman seasons to date, and now he has the Davey O'Brien Award to show for it, along with other honors, including potentially the Heisman Trophy, on the horizon.