Winston named youngest Heisman winner

Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:31am EST
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(Reuters) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy as the top player in college football on Saturday, at 19 and 342 days becoming the youngest ever recipient of the award.

The award came despite the cloud of a sexual assault case hanging over his season. State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on December 5 he would not file charges against Winston due to insufficient evidence.

Winston beat out five other finalists for the prestigious award, including last year's recipient Johnny Manziel.

"This Heisman isn't just for Jameis Winston, this is for Florida State," Winston said in his acceptance speech.

"I'm so blessed right now, it means so much to me.

"I got one thing to say. At Florida State if we are going to do it, we do it big."

The talented quarterback is only the second freshman to win the award after Texas A&M signalcaller Manziel's win last season.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (2nd), Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (3rd), Boston College running back Andre Williams (4th), Manziel (5th) and Auburn running back Tre Mason (6th) were the other finalists.

Winston led his team to the number one ranking heading to the BCS national championship game against Auburn and ended up with 2,205 points in the voting process, a clear winner over McCarron with 704 points.   Continued...

Dec 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston poses for a photo after being awarded the 2013 Heisman Trophy at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports - RTX16IXJ