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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first time Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston ever thought about winning the Heisman Trophy, he was a 12-year-old kid playing video games.
“Playing NCAA 2006 was the first time I was aware of the Heisman,” he said Wednesday. “When you could create a player and do the ‘Road to Glory’ and you could get the Heisman.”
Now that road could end with him holding the real thing, and several other big awards.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee has been closed without charges being filed.
Winston enters Thursday’s College Football Awards Show at Disney nominated for two of the night’s top awards — the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top player and the Davey O’Brien quarterback award. He joins Texas A&M quarterback and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, as well as Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, who are both nominated for the same awards.
The now 19-year-old Winston described the week since Florida State secured its spot in the BCS national championship game as a whirlwind. But he said he goes into college football’s version of awards season humbled even as a huge Heisman favorite.
“Obviously, all the Heisman stuff, I really admire the people that have voted for me and all that stuff, Winston said. “So, like I said, it’s overwhelming to me.”
Should Winston claim the Heisman, it would be the second consecutive year that the award went to a freshman.
Though that would also mean his name isn’t called, McCarron said it would be a feat that would be derided by the fifth-year senior, who just missed a shot at leading Alabama to a third consecutive national championship.
“It doesn’t make me feel any way. I’m happy for those guys,” he said. “Johnny’s one of my good friends. Jameis, I’d be happy for him, too. I don’t have any hatred against anybody, or against the Heisman committee or whoever votes on it. They’re going to vote how they’re going to vote.
“I’m happy, and like I said I go home at night and I can pull out my three national championship rings and smile pretty big and be pretty happy. I don’t need an individual award to tell me what I’ve achieved.”
Still, he said the invitation to New York, which will be his first trip to New York, is something he will savor.
“Of course it made me feel good. I kind of smiled, proved a lot of people wrong. But I also feel like I earned it and I deserve it,” McCarron said. “I think if you look at…the three years of me starting, I’d put my numbers up (against) anybody in the country…What, 13 interceptions my whole three years starting? I mean, a lot of guys throw that in one year. I feel like I’ve taken care of the ball, I’ve done all the right things on and off the field.
“So if the award goes by their mission statement, I feel like I fit it pretty well.”
Wednesday’s was also a lot more low key this time around for Manziel, who had his hopes of a Heisman repeat clouded by less than stellar performances late in the year and four losses by the Aggies.
Though he’s granted a vote this year as a Heisman winner, Manziel said he was “going to follow the Heisman Trust” and not reveal his vote. But he said he didn’t vote for himself in first or second place.
“It’s a possibility,” Manziel said of the chances of seeing consecutive freshmen win. “I guess we’ll find out on Saturday. But it’s crazy to have that long of a barrier and then potentially we could have two back-to-back. So definitely a neat deal, though.”
While there is lots of intrigue about whether he could enter the NFL draft after the season ends, Manziel said he will take time after the season to discuss it with his mentors and coaches.
But he said he likes his readiness.
“In my mind, I feel like I’m playing for the most part at a high level,” he said. “I’m putting the ball where I want it to be, and I’m throwing it with a lot of velocity. So in my mind, I think I am.”
As for Winston, he said he hasn’t started to envision holding the Heisman at the end of the week.
“It would be an honor, man,” Winston said. “If that happens, just to look in the stands and see my family, and see my coach, and say ‘Hey, I made you happy. I made your proud.’ It’s not really for me. It’s for my family and my teammates.
“My teammates, they’re going to like that, because my teammates want me to get it and my family, of course they want me to get it. So it’s more about them than me.”
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FSU Sports Information
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State has two Heisman Trophy winners in its storied history and now Jameis Winston now has the chance to forever place his name alongside 'Noles greats Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke.
Winston, No. 1-ranked FSU's superstar redshirt freshman quarterback, was officially named one of six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy Monday night. Ward won college football's top award in 1993 and Weinke won his in 2000.
Like his predecessors, Winston has led Florida State to a national-championship game berth before being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
The 2013 campaign has been a record-breaking one for Winston. The star-studded 'Noles have already set the school record for points, yards, touchdowns and are just 28 points shy of setting a new FBS record for most points scored in a season. Winston has been the orchestrator of that offensive prowess, setting the FBS freshman record and ACC overall record for touchdown passes thrown in a season (38). He is also the FBS freshman record holder for yards thrown in a season (3,820) and has a 90.9 QBR that is best in the entire country.
Winston is also first in the nation in passer rating at 190.06.
Other finalists include Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Andre Williams (Boston College), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Tre Mason (Auburn) and AJ McCarron (Alabama). The winner of the Heisman Trophy will be announced Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. in New York City.
Stork a Finalist for the Rimington Trophy
Redshirt senior center Bryan Stork was named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in college football, on Monday.
Stork has been the leader of the nation’s top offensive line as Florida State has already set the FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (6,882 yards) and points (689), while averaging 53.0 points per game.
Joining Stork as a finalist for the Rimington Trophy are Reese Dismukes (Auburn), Hroniss Grasu (Oregon), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), Tyler Larsen (Utah State) and Travis Swanson (Arkansas).
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, December 12, 2013, immediately preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Both shows will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams (Walter Camp, Sporting News and FWAA).
The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.
The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Fisher One of Eight Finalists For Coach of the Year
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
Led by Fisher, Florida State has already set a school record for wins (13) and is the nation’s only undefeated team. The Seminoles rank first in the nation in scoring defense (10.7 ppg) and second in scoring offense (53.0) and their margin of victory (42.3) is the highest by any team since 1944.
Joining Fisher as finalists are Baylor’s Art Briles, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, UCF’s George O’Leary, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and Stanford’s David Shaw.
The award, voted on by members of the FWAA, will be announced Dec. 16 and presented in Pasadena on Jan. 4, during the week leading up the BCS National Championship Game featuring FSU and Auburn.
Joyner Attends Charlotte Touchdown Club’s Nagurski Banquet
Senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner flew back up to Charlotte less than two days after winning the ACC Championship in the “Queen City” for the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet on Monday night.
Joyner was one of five finalists for the award that was presented to Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at the Westin Hotel. The other finalists were Alabama linebacker C.J. Moseley, Missouri defensive end Michael Same and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
Joyner leads Florida State in sacks (5.0) and forced fumbles (3.0) and ranks second on the team in tackles (64).
New York, NY - Jameis Winston is one of six finalists selected for the Heisman Trophy.
"Famous Jameis" will be joined in New York City this week by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, Boston College running back Andre Williams and Auburn running back Tre Mason.
The six finalists are the most since 1994.
Winston is considered to be the front runner for the award. He has 3,820 passing yards, 38 passing touchdown and four rushing scores. He also leads the country in passing efficiency. What makes his numbers more impressive is that he has done all of that while playing in limited action.
Winston threw for 330 yards and had four total touchdowns in the 45-7 win against Duke in the ACC Championship game.