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Jameis Winston wins Heisman Trophy

Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. And like every other Florida State victory this season, it was a blowout.

The quarterback they call Famous Jameis became the youngest Heisman winner and the second straight freshman to win the trophy Saturday night, earning college football's most prestigious individual trophy award with a performance so dominant even a criminal investigation couldn't derail his candidacy.

"I cannot explain the feeling that I have inside right now," Winston said. "I'm so overwhelmed. It's awesome."

When his name was announced, he popped from his seat and quickly made his way to his mom and dad for hugs and kisses. He smiled and laughed through most of his acceptance speech.

He talked about trusting in the "process" on the field and in life and "after all the things I've been through this past month." He got choked up a bit when talking about his parents.

"When you see your mom and you see your dad and they've been struggling through this whole process and now you see a smile on their face, it comforted me," he said later.

Winston received 668 first-place votes and 2,205 points. He finished 1,501 points ahead of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron for the seventh-largest margin of victory in Heisman history, despite being left off 115 of the 900 ballots returned.

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was third, followed by Boston College's Andre Williams, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Auburn's Tre Mason.

Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman last year, and was trying to join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as a two-time winner. Instead, Winston made it two redshirt freshman winners in the 79-year history of the Heisman. He also became the youngest winner at 23 days short of 20.

The 19-year-old also was investigated last month for a year-old sexual assault complaint, but no charges were filed and the case was closed four days before Heisman votes were due.

"I really believe that people actually just trusted me. People obviously saw us play. But that comes from my team, too," Winston said.

Winston is the nation's top-rated passer and has led the top-ranked Seminoles (13-0) to a spot in the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn on Jan. 6, his birthday. The former five-star recruit from Bessemer, Ala., made college football look easy from his very first game. On Labor Day night, on national television, Winston went 25 for 27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a victory at Pittsburgh.

"I can't explain how truly intelligent he is," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He always wanted to know why he had success or why he had failure so he could either repeat it or fix it."

There wasn't much failure on the way to becoming the third Seminoles quarterback to win the Heisman. The last was Chris Weinke in 2000.

Winston and Florida State were cruising toward an undefeated season when news broke of an unresolved sexual assault complaint against him made to the Tallahassee Police Department last December.

The dormant case was handed over to the state attorney's office for a full investigation. A female student at Florida State accused Winston of rape. Winston's attorney said the sex was consensual.

During three weeks of uncertainty, Winston continued to play sensationally, while other contenders stumbled or failed to distinguish themselves. If voters were looking to Manziel or McCarron or Lynch or Williams or even Marcus Mariota of Oregon to give them a good alternative to Winston, it didn't happen.

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."

It's a statement that has put the Heisman in awkward situations before. In 2010, Cam Newton played the season under the cloud of an NCAA investigation. He had also had legal troubles while in college. But like Winston, there was no doubt he was the best player and he won the award.

Reggie Bush had his 2005 Heisman stripped after the NCAA determined he had violated its rules during that season. But the Heisman trust did not ask Billy Cannon and O.J. Simpson to return their Heismans after they were sent to prison.

The accusations against Winston were serious and documents released by the police with the accuser's allegations were not flattering to him. It probably explains why so many voters left him out of their top three. Last year, Manziel appeared on 92 percent of the ballots. Winston appeared on 87 percent this year.

"Everyone has their own opinion," Winston said. "It's basically a numbers game and I was blessed to have the majority vote."

There was no doubting his on-the-field credentials. Winston is on pace (190.1) to break Russell Wilson's record for best passer efficiency rating in a season and set FBS freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38). Florida State's average margin of victory is 42 points, and Winston has spent most of the Seminoles' fourth quarters resting.

The investigation has taken some of the shine off Winston's Heisman coronation, at least for some people. But if the question is simply who was college football's best player in 2013, Famous Jameis was the clear answer.

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lshofstahl December 15 2013 at 11:03 PM

he looks like he is doing the twist. That guy is headed for trouble. Congrats Heisman committee for stupidity and fostering criminality in the college and pro football league. How many years BEFORE you ask for his trophy back. When you do, put it by OJ's

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tomaho lshofstahl December 15 2013 at 11:14 PM

ummmmm, your just jeleous and a racist. i see and hear women joke to set up crap allthe time as well.

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paganstve tomaho December 15 2013 at 11:58 PM


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Reggie lshofstahl December 15 2013 at 11:14 PM

He isn't going to play in the NFL he's going MLB.

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Lisa December 15 2013 at 9:32 PM

He may be an outstanding football player...but he knows nothing of integrity. It is not for us to say whether he sexually assaulted that girl...but when I think of a man of integrity I do not think of one that engages in underage drinking, possible drug use, or hanging out in the presence of drug use, and engaging in unsafe sex practices, whereby potentially spreading STD's or impregnating young women he obviously has little respect for...certainly not my definition of integrity.

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lshofstahl Lisa December 15 2013 at 11:11 PM

No more freshmen or sophmores eligible for the Heismann. By your jr and senior yr, we know the character of the athlete

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Reggie Lisa December 15 2013 at 11:41 PM

What sex is safer than face sex, we know this because the only DNA from Jameis was on her face and her boyfriend DNA was in her pants. So againt who had the safest sex.

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rafo2005 December 15 2013 at 8:22 PM

another quarterback has won the Heisman Trophy..quarterbacks and runningbacks are always the winners..why don`t they make another trophy for the rest of the players?..i believe only one defense player wont that trophy long ago..

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Reggie rafo2005 December 15 2013 at 10:48 PM

Where the hell have you been, they already have awards for the other players.

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dbryant1163 December 15 2013 at 7:49 PM

Sounds like a bunch of sore loosing SEC tit suckers

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hopkinsuniv December 15 2013 at 9:43 PM

Government attorneys, state or federal, are measured by convictions; private attorneys are measured mostly by profit...in this case, the state attorney's office didn't feel he could secure a conviction. Note that while acknowledging having sex w/ the victim, no one--neither his attorney nor the state attorney has said he didn't "rape" her. However, there is enough "reasonable doubt" to question the TPD investigation and an outside investigation should be conducted. Winston was not charged or convicted and will move on to the National Championship game and short of a collegiate injury or run-in w/ law enforcement, will likely have a brilliant NFL career. With respect to the Heisman, much like the NCAA, it lost its "value" a long time ago; it has become, again, much like the NCAA, irrelevant.

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ae12wrangell December 15 2013 at 11:26 PM

The Heisman is a waste of time. At least thats my opinion. Tim Tebow won it and thought he'd do great in the NFL. He goes to the Broncos, gets then to the post-season, but the Broncos lost to the Steelers. So he gets traded to the Jets(which I still don't understand). The Jets had Mark Sanchez, and had no intention of tossing him to the curb, yet. So there were 2 quarterbacks - one playing (Sanchez) the other on the sidelines (Tebow). So it begs the question - What were the Jets THINKING? The only times Tebow threw a football during his tenure withthe Jets was either warming up, or if Sanchez got hit so hard, he had to come out for a few plays. Usually Heisman Trophy winners are NOT back-up quarterbacks. Now Tebow has been released and no team in the NFL or CFL want a thing to do with him. He may have his calling. We know how he prays, well a TV Minister caught light of this and is interested.

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rhill65 December 15 2013 at 4:40 PM

Actually, I am of the belief that " everyone is NOT COLLEGE MATERIAL. I believe that the colleges, NFL and society in general would be better served if the NFL (national felon league) would set up regional league trade schools. The could even call it the NPPFL-national pre-prison football league.
Here the enrollees could study such things like, License plate manufacture, grand theft auto and let's not forget " Drug Dealing For Fun And Profit".
Right now the colleges get to "pimp these kids" under the guise of " giving them an education", the NFL gets to cherry pick the talent.
I think the combination of the " concussion issue and bullying will force many parents of educated kids both black and white to steer them away from the NFL.
With its " prison yard mentality, tattoes-R-Us perswonification and plantation style of management, I definitiely see the league increasing the numbers of blacks greater then its present 78%.
Just look. at how the position of QB has changed. There aren't too many " Johnny Footballers" out there and the QB position will eventually become more of a " use and lose" one!

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twotexastar1 December 15 2013 at 4:32 PM

oops, I meant "they".

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dchristman51 December 15 2013 at 9:20 PM

Screw everything else. We're up for number one! Nothing else matters. Not the rape victim or anything else! Pathetic!

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Don December 15 2013 at 12:49 PM

If they were concerned about giving the Heisman to the most qualified, they would have given the Heisman to Peyton Manning in 1997!

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mandmjacksonhome Don December 15 2013 at 1:31 PM

I agree he only had Love child's, not accused of rape. Oh I forgot this guy wasn't a rapist either just a Dog just like Manning and all the rest of these so called Ball Players!

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