It's the result that everybody expected, as the Florida State star was the odds-on favorite heading into Saturday night. The Heisman ceremony was his coronation.
The Seminoles saluted their Heisman winner. He's the third FSU player to win the award, after Charlie Ward in 1993 and Chris Weinke in 2000.
Jameis Winston wins the 2013 Heisman Trophy! pic.twitter.com/yzIQOZ2F9F— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) December 15, 2013
The three trophies place the school in a tie for second for most Heisman-winning QBs.
Most @HeismanTrophy winning QBs: Notre Dame 4, Florida State 3, Florida 3— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2013
Prior to last year, it would have been crazy to think that a freshman could win the Heisman Trophy. Then Johnny Manziel did it. Now, it's the second time in as many years that a redshirt freshman has won the award.
At 19 years, old, Winston is also the youngest Heisman Trophy winner ever.
Jameis Winston: youngest player to win @HeismanTrophy (age 19)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2013
As many would have predicted, the Florida State quarterback was first in the voting by a wide margin. One of the biggest questions about this year's Heisman ceremony was whether or not he would make history with the largest margin ever.
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated tracked the results:
Results 1. Winston (2,205), 2. AJ McCarron (704), 3. Jordan Lynch (558), 4. Andre Williams (470), 5. Johnny Manziel (421), 6. Tre Mason (404— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 15, 2013
The Orlando Sentinel's Brendan Sonnone posted the breakdown of the voting:
Heisman results. pic.twitter.com/zuKqgJIVad— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) December 15, 2013
According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, Winston's margin of victory is the seventh-largest ever:
Winston's margin of victory was 7th largest of all-time.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 15, 2013
The only perplexing aspect of Winston's win was that he was left off 115 ballots, per NFL.com's Albert Breer:
Wow ... Jameis Winston left off 115 ballots entirely. And still had the fifth largest margin in the modern era.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 15, 2013
Coming in, it was expected that Winston would lift the Heisman. He broke FBS records in passing yards (3,820) and touchdowns (38) for a freshman. In addition, the Seminoles are undefeated and headed for the national championship, which means that he had the on-field success that's often a prerequisite for prospective Heisman winners.
College football had a dearth of major stars this season, and for so long, it seemed like nobody wanted to win the award. Each and every week, another name dropped off the list of contenders.
However, Winston stuck around, while everyone else around him fell.
Last year's winner Manziel could only settle for fifth. Despite seeing a slight increase in his passing numbers, Johnny Football couldn't win over the voters. Neither Texas A&M's 8-4 record nor his 70 fewer carries and 724 fewer yards helped his case.
The fact that he finished behind Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch was probably a surprise to many. The Huskies star getting up to third is a move forward for non-AQ stars to come. It's the highest-ever finish from a player at a MAC school, per Hustle Belt:
Jordan Lynch now holds the top spot for highest finish ever in the Heisman race by a MAC player. Passing Randy Moss (#4, 1997).— Hustle Belt (@HustleBelt) December 15, 2013
The closer that somebody like Lynch gets to winning the Heisman, the more that it will open the door for another star from a non-AQ conference. In a few years, a player from the MAC or Mountain West with the right combination of performance and results might sway enough voters.
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The other big surprise was likely Tre Mason getting sixth place. The Auburn running back had a great performance in the SEC Championship, and getting into the national championship generally counts a lot for Heisman finalists.
Now that the 2013 Heisman has been awarded, attention will shift to whether or not Winston will be able to repeat as the winner or at least take home two Heismans. Archie Griffin is the only person to have done so, winning in 1974 and '75.
Considering his performance this season and Florida State's success, Winston is in a great position to join the former Ohio State star.