Jameis Winston, 19, who plays football and baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles, won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, according to a Fox News report on Sunday. The quarterback becomes the youngest athlete to win the Heisman Trophy.
Famous Jameis, as he is called, is the second straight freshman to with the award. It is reported that his tremendous performance was so dominant that even a recent criminal investigation couldn’t upset his candidacy for the award.
Upon receiving the award, Winston went to his parents and gave each of them a hug and kisses. During his joyous acceptance speech, he smiled and expressed how overwhelmed he was to receive the trophy. He said, “It’s awesome.”
Winston got 668 first place votes and 2,205 points, finishing 1,501 points ahead of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron for the seventh-biggest margin of victory in Heisman Trophy history – despite his being left off of 115 of the 900 ballots returned.
Northern Illinois’ quarterback Jordan Lynch came in third. Next was Boston College’s Andre Williams, followed by Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Tre Mason of Auburn. Manziel, of course, was the first freshman to win the trophy when he won last year.
As a sidebar, Winston was investigated in November for a sexual assault complaint tjat allegedly occurred last year. No charges were filed. The case ended just four days prior to the votes’ due date.
Winston is the country’s top-rated passer, leading his top-ranked Seminoles (13-0) to the BCS championship against number two-ranked Auburn. The game is to be played on Winston’s 20th birthday, Jan. 6, 2014.
The Heisman Trophy is an award annually given to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States for a performance that best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners are the ultimate in having great ability combined with perseverance and hard work. The award is always given out in December prior to the postseason bowl games.