Jameis Winston Wins 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

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Jameis Winston has been named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the award's foundation announced on Thursday evening.

According to the foundation's website, Walter Camp Football Foundation president James Monico said:

Jameis Winston has been the orchestrator of the most prolific offense in the nation this season. His consistency and overall performance have been outstanding and we are pleased to recognize him.

Winston opened up to the media after winning the award via ESPN.com:

"People just got to realize that my family, and the coaches, and Coach (Jimbo) Fisher, they just supported me through this whole process, and I just feel so loved by that -- you just don't understand just how much that means to me.


When you have a team like that, anyone can go out there and do that."

FSU football congratulated its star quarterback:

Winston is the second Seminoles quarterback to win the award, after Charlie Ward did so in 1993, per Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network.

Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Boston College's Andre Williams and Alabama's AJ McCarron were the other finalists for the award.

This news should hardly come as a surprise. The redshirt freshman guided his team to an unbeaten record, the No. 1 ranking in the country and a place in the BCS National Championship Game. It's the first time the Seminoles are vying for a national title since the 2001 Orange Bowl.

In addition, Winston's performance has dazzled fans across the country. Despite often exiting games in the third quarter, he passed for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The yards and touchdowns were both FBS records for a freshman.

It's hard to argue that there was a more deserving candidate.

More than likely, earning the Walter Camp award is merely a prelude to bigger things for Winston.

He's the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and this only strengthens his case.

And then there's the national championship.   

Winning a national title as a freshman would be the ultimate achievement for Winston and the icing on top of what has been a magnificent debut season.

There's no doubt Winston has a very bright future, and this honor is likely just one of many coming his way.