FSU's Winston Becomes Youngest Heisman Trophy Winner

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is close to a month away from playing for the national title, but he already has a prestigious trophy.

At 19 years and 342 days old, Winston became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner when he was named college football's most outstanding player Saturday night in New York.

He is the second straight freshman to win the Heisman after Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel last season.

Winston ran away with the ballot, earning 2,205 points. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was second with 704 points. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was third with 558 points.

Boston College's Andre Williams was the top running back, coming in fourth with 470 points. Manziel was fifth with 421, while Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason was sixth with 404.

The margin of victory was the seventh largest in Heisman history. Winston earned 668 first-place votes while McCarron was first on 79 ballots.

Winston was the overwhelming favorite to win the award after a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., was closed without charges being filed earlier this month. The controversy may have shown in the Heisman voting -- Winston was left off 115 ballots of the 900 ballots entirely.

The Heisman Trust mission statement says: "The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity."

Winston set freshman records by passing for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns while leading No. 1 Florida State into the VIZIO BCS National Championship against Auburn.

In his 13 career games, Winston has thrown for 300 yards seven times and has accounted for at least four touchdowns six times. And he did it while playing every snap in just three of Florida State's games, thanks to a bevy of blowout wins.

The Alabama native is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating (190.1). He also leads the nation this season in adjusted QBR (90.9) and yards per attempt (10.9).

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