Florida State University two-sport star Jameis Winston has been named the 2013-14 ACC Male Athlete of the Year, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Winston is the fourth Seminoe to capture the Anthony J. McKevlin Award as the league’s premier male athlete, joining Ngoni Makusha (track and field), Walter Dix (track and field) and Charlie Ward (football). Winston was the choice of 22 of the 41 ACSMA voters this year.
“I’m very honored and grateful that I was selected as the ACC Male Athlete of the Year,” Winston said. “Without my teammates, I couldn’t have done it. This is a true award for both the football and baseball teams.”
Winston became the youngest player to capture the Heisman Memorial Trophy this past December before leading the FSU football team to its third national championship in program history. Winston’s game-winning touchdown throw to Kelvin Benjamin in a thrilling 34-31 victory over Auburn in the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Champion Game capped off a memorable year in which the Bessemer, Ala. native solidified himself as college football’s player — despite being just a redshirt freshman.
The 2013 football season also saw Winston earn the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, a plethora of All-America honors, the overall ACC Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year.
And the accolades were certainly well earned. While guiding the ‘Noles to a perfect 14-0 record, Winston, who led the country and set the conference record for pass efficiency (184.8), broke the national, ACC and school record for touchdown passes by a freshman (40) and also set the national freshman record for passing yards (4.057).
“This is a great honor for Jameis,” FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “His accomplishments on the field last season were tremendous. He’s what you look for when you think of a student-athlete performing well on the field and also in the classroom. He’s one of the most decorated players to come through Florida State. I’m extremely happy for him, our program and his teammates.”
In addition to his gridiron exploits, Winston made 24 relief appearances and led the Florida State baseball team in saves (seven) during the 2014 season. Winston struck out 31 batters and allowed just 18 hits in 33.1 innings pitched.
“Jameis Winston is a special young man,” FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said. “For him to accomplish what he did in football this past fall and then for him to continue performing at a high level while participating in both football and baseball during the spring is an exceptional feat. Jameis is just a great teammate; he was very, very important to the success of our baseball team in the way that he performed on the field, all the way until the last game of the season against Alabama when he came in and pitched extremely well for us.”
Added Martin: “To have the top male student-athlete in the ACC is something that we all as Seminoles can be proud of. Being around him this spring with literally hundreds of people wanting to see him, to get his autograph and to get a picture made with him; the way that he treated everyone is a real credit to the Winston Family and this great university.
“We are extremely proud of Jameis Winston for winning this very prestigious award.”
SOURCE: Florida State Athletics