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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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paganstve December 15 2013 at 11:57 PM

why is it that if a person disagrees or makes a comment, he is a racist?

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Reggie December 16 2013 at 12:29 AM

It all depends on how you answer the questions.

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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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mrkmrk56 December 15 2013 at 11:24 PM

Gene, I think that you don't have any idea what the circumstances were and stop with the dot,dot,dot after every sentence THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

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gosfnow December 15 2013 at 11:18 PM

i bet he trades the trophy too a street hooker for sex and drugz!

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gosfnow December 15 2013 at 11:16 PM

i stopped watching the heisman when peyton manning got ripped off just too give it too a weak big 10 black michigan player because peyton is still playing great to this day ! he had proven he's one of the greatest qbs to ever play the game ! i would have rather seen the auburn running back win ! at least he hasn't raped anyone !

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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 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 December 15 2013 at 11:58 PM


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Reggie December 15 2013 at 11:14 PM

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

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bjamebon3 December 15 2013 at 11:03 PM

Hmmmmm, I believe that due to the circumstances that he is indeed under investigation for a possible crime they should not vote now ,and maybe wait till this picture clears up one way ,or the other. If indeed he is found guilty than that will present problems . Also there are children looking on here ,and this is a moral issue if found guilty. I guess though it isn't the first time one of these athletes found themselves in trouble with law . They may have to change gears here to compensate for problems like this.

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tomaho December 15 2013 at 11:13 PM

You obviously did not read the paper today. innocent! by state attorney office. jeleous bias idiot

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Gene December 15 2013 at 10:43 PM

I guess a person`s character ,or a lack of,,,
to take responsibility for your actions ,,,
mean nothing for the quest of this trophy....
If he was a true candidate for this prestigious award....
In his mind....
Or maybe the voters..
Would have realized that this is just a game.
Nothing is more valuable in a Heisman candidate than a conscience....
Which he lacks..........

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tomaho December 15 2013 at 11:14 PM


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Reggie December 15 2013 at 10:33 PM

After knowing what a lot of the FSU campus students knew about her, if i was a young Freshman i would have asked her for some face time too. If you have seen her she is hot and apparently hot and loose. This is mostly said by other white females. If mommy and daddy didn't know about this she wouldn't never have said anything about rape. Also after this came out, why didn't her white boyfriend stand by her and support her. We all know why, it's because he found out that she is a nasty girl. They didn't call her a door nob for nothing.

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lshofstahl December 15 2013 at 11:05 PM

What happened to the Democrat's cry of War on Women. If she were a liberal chick, what would you say???

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Reggie December 15 2013 at 11:20 PM

We know she isn't conservative or maybe she is because she gave her face up freely before she cried rape. She's hot and nasty and i like it. I only wish they had girls like her in my school by in the 80's.

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Reggie December 16 2013 at 12:05 AM

I have no clue to what party she's in and don't care. My question is this, why were she out drinking and in someone else room anyway. The other thing is why the DNA of Jameis was only on her face and her boyfriend DNA was only in her pants. Something sounds and smalls fishy to me, point intended.

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alabamaguy3 December 15 2013 at 10:24 PM

Now i have no respect for the Heisman Trophy anymore give it to a boy who rape a girl and get away with it.

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tomaho December 15 2013 at 11:15 PM

she gave it up consensual and now wants money

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Reggie December 15 2013 at 11:29 PM

How the hell do call face time rape. The girls at most schools call that fun time with the boys because they all are smilling ear to ear. Come on, i know you remember those good old days back in school. This nasty girl was hot and loose. Her nick name was door nob, so what the hell you think that means on campus.

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