Jameis Winston Is Youngest Ever Heisman Winner

19-year-old Florida State freshman gets honor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 14, 2013 8:38 PM CST
Jameis Winston Is Youngest Ever Heisman Winner
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

It's another freshman, and it wasn't even close: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has won the Heisman Trophy as college football's best player. Winston became the second straight player to win the award in his first year of college, following Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel last year. He is also the youngest winner at 23 days short of 20 years old. Winston is the nation's top-rated passer and has led the top-ranked Seminoles to the college football title game against No. 2 Auburn in January. The 19-year-old also was investigated last month for a year-old sexual assault, but no charges were filed and the case was closed four days before Heisman votes were due.

Winston received 668 first-place votes and 2,205 points. He finished 1,501 points ahead of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, despite being left off 115 of the 900 ballots that were returned. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was third. As for the criminal case: 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. (More Jameis Winston stories.)

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