Jameis Winston Wins AP College Football Player of the Year Award

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

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You can add yet another award to Jameis Winston's trophy case after the Florida State freshman quarterback was named the Associated Press College Player of the Year.    

Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times provided the details:

Winston received 49 out of 56 votes cast by AP Top 25 college football poll voters. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished second with three votes. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron got two votes. Boston College running back Andre Williams and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard each received one vote. 

Winston is the first Florida State player to win the award, which has been handed out since 1998, and the first from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

This is yet another impressive accomplishment for Winston, who has earned a multitude of awards following his freshman season. 

During the year, he led the country with an efficiency rating of 190.1 thanks to 3,820 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. His completion percentage of 67.9 was also among the best in FBS.

While he has impressive physical tools, his coach, Jimbo Fisher, noted his mental ability, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today:

I can't explain and say enough how truly intelligent he is, how instinctive he is. The game makes sense to him. He wants to know why he's having success. If he throws a touchdown, he has to understand it so he can repeat it.

He became the second freshman to win the prestigious Heisman trophy, following in the footsteps of Texas A&M's Johnny ManzielHe was also named the winner of the Davey O'Brien Award as the best quarterback in the nation, and the Walter Camp Award as the player of the year.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14:  Jameis Winston, quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles, poses with the trophy during a press conference after the 2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 14, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by J
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Unsurprisingly, he was also named to the first team of the All-America Team by the Associated Press.

Interestingly, he was not given the Maxwell Award for the nation's most outstanding player, an honor that went to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron.

Still, Winston put himself in rare company with this latest honor, as noted by John Zenor of the AP:

The quarterback will attempt to lead Florida State to its first national championship since 1999 against Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game. The Seminoles finished the regular season as the only undefeated team in FBS with the No. 2 offense and No. 1 scoring defense in the nation. 

This added confidence from being named the best player in college football could be enough to help Winston lead his school over the top.


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