NEW YORK — Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston has been named the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old becomes the third FSU Seminoles player to land the prestigious college football top honor, joining Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke.
The redshirt freshman quarterback from Bessemer, Ala., becomes the 79th recipient of the award given to the nation’s most outstanding college football player. He is just the second freshman to win the award, joining 2012 winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. Winston is also the third Seminole to win the award, entering the illustrious fraternity with 1993 winner Charlie Ward and 2000 honoree Chris Weinke.
Winston has had one of the most impressive seasons ever by a quarterback in college football history, leading Florida State to a 13-0 record and a spot in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
He set the ACC and FBS freshman record for touchdown passes (38) and the freshman mark for passing yards (3,820), while leading the nation in pass efficiency rating (190.06).
He is a consensus All-American, the Walter Camp National Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Year in addition to becoming the first freshman to capture the ACC Player of the Year award in the 61-year history of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Winston opened the 2013 season and his career by completing the first 11 passes he threw in a nationally televised Labor Day evening game at Pittsburgh and never slowed down.
He tallied seven 300-yard passing games and threw three touchdowns in a game eight times. A seven-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Winston’s signature performance came at No. 3 Clemson where he led FSU to a 51-14 victory over the Tigers by throwing for career-best 444 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score.
He vaulted FSU into the National Championship Game by throwing for 330 yards and accounting for four total touchdowns to earn ACC Championship Game MVP honors in a 45-7 win over Duke.
Winston is the first freshman quarterback ever to lead his team to 13 wins.