Before 2012, no freshman had ever won the coveted Heisman Trophy. Then, last year, Johnny Manziel changed history and capture it as a freshman. On Dec. 14, Jameis Winston did Manziel one better and became the youngest college football player to ever become a Heisman Trophy winner.
Winston, the quarterback for the undefeated Florida State Seminoles, is 19 years, 342 days old and is now the second freshman to win the award.
Winston was not only this year's Heisman Trophy winner, but he won it in a landslide. Winston captured 668 first place votes and 2,205 total points in the voting. AJ McCarron was second place, with a distant 704 points and 79 first place votes.
This has to be a nice change of pace for Winston, who has been in the news lately for rape allegations. If he had found himself charged with the crime, Florida State would have suspended him immediately and the voting would surely have been different. However, the District Attorney chose not to press charges, saying there was not enough evidence to convict the young man of any crimes.
While the win was a landslide, there are probably Heisman Trophy voters who still don't believe in his innocence, as 115 of the 900 ballots did not give him any sort of vote at all.
As a freshman, Winston has Florida State heading to the national championship game with the Auburn Tigers, blowing out all their opposition throughout the season. He has thrown for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns in 13 career games, surpassing 300 yards in a game seven times and throwing for more than four touchdowns in a game six times.
Winston also is on pace to break the NCAA record for quarterback efficiency rating (190.1) and ranks first in the adjusted rating at 90.0.