Jameis Winston has brought a lot to Florida State University this season. Because he has not only lived up to the preseason hype, but exceeded it, the ‘Noles are in position to take a trip out to Pasadena to play for the final BCS National Championship, should they take care of business this weekend against Duke.
With all of this, Winston has racked up a majority of weekly awards throughout the season. But now, with the season over, he’s starting to pick up a lot of the important ones, which hopefully ends with him winning the Heisman Trophy in less than two weeks.
On Wednesday, he took a great step in that direction as he was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in the morning, and then later this afternoon, he was named as a 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year finalist.
Jameis has had one of the greatest freshman seasons in recent memory, of any player. He leads the nation in pass efficiency with a 192.6 rating, has thrown for 3,490 yards and 35 touchdowns. What’s made these stats even that much more amazing is the fact that he’s done all of it with limited playing time. The Seminoles have dominated their opponents this season so greatly that he, and the other starters, have barely been able to play the second halves of contests.
Winston is the first FSU player to win the ACC Player of the Year award since Chris Weinke grabbed it following the 2000 season. He’s also the first underclassman to receive the honor.
As far as the Walter Camp finalist distinction, Winston joins a group there comprised of Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Boston College’s bruising, 2000-yard running back, Andre Williams. The award will be announced on Dec. 12 during the 6PM edition of SportsCenter.