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
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.
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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.
Manziel was hoping to become the second player to repeat after
Archie Griffin but could only manage enough points to finish
Winston threw a school record 38 touchdown passes over the
season, added four more on the ground and finished with a 68
percent completion rating.
He led the nation in adjusted Quarterback Rating (90.9), yards
per attempt (10.9) and rating (190.06). Winston threw for over
300 yards seven times in just 13 games.
(Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles;
editing by Peter
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