New Haven, CT – Florida State University redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston (Bessemer, AL) has been selected as the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year. Walter Camp Foundation President James Monico made the presentation tonight during ESPN’s 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.
The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the nation’s 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Other finalists for the Walter Camp 2013 Player of the Year award included Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, and Boston College running back Andre Williams.
The 47th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Winston is the second Florida State player to earn the award, joining former Seminole quarterback Charlie Ward (1993).
“Jameis Winston has been the orchestrator of the most prolific offense in the nation this season,” Monico said. “His consistency and overall performance have been outstanding and we are pleased to recognize him.”
The 6-foot 4, 228-pound Winston is a Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection after leading the Seminoles to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship (defeated 20th-ranked Duke, 45-7, on December 7) and a berth in next month’s BCS National Championship Game.
The 2013 campaign has been a record-breaking one for Winston and the top-ranked Seminoles. FSU has already set the school record for points (53.0 points per game), yards (529.4 yards per game) and just 28 points shy of setting a new FBS record for most points scored in a season. Individually, Winston has completed 237-of-349 passes. His 38 touchdown passes are an ACC season record.
He is also the FBS freshman record holder and ACC record holder for yards thrown in a season (3,820) and has a 190.06 efficiency rating, which ranks first in the nation. He has thrown for 300 or more yards seven times, including a season-high 444 in a victory over Clemson on October 19. In addition, Winston has thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight games this season, including a season-best five in a win over Maryland on October 5 which earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) will play second-ranked Auburn (12-1) in the BCS National Championship Game on January 6.
Winston is a two-sport athlete and a member of the Seminoles’ baseball team as an outfielder and pitcher. He was selected in the 15th round in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.
Winston, along with members of the Walter Camp 2013 All-America team, will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
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Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.
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Walter Camp Player of the Year Recipients
2013 – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2012 – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
2011 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2010 – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2009 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
2008 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
2007 – Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
2006 – Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
2005 – Reggie Bush, RB, USC
2004 – Matt Leinart, QB, USC
2003 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh
2002 – Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State
2001 – Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska
2000 – Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma
1999 – Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin
1998 – Ricky Williams, RB, Texas
1997 – Charles Woodson, DB, Michigan
1996 – Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida
1995 – Eddie George, RB, Ohio State
1994 – Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State
1992 – Gino Torretta, QB, Miami
1991 – Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan
1990 – Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame
1989 – Anthony Thompson, RB, Indiana
1988 – Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State
1987 – Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame
1986 – Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami
1985 – Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn
1984 – Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College
1983 – Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska
1982 – Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia
1981 – Marcus Allen, RB, USC
1980 – Hugh Green, DE, Pittsburgh
1979 – Charles White, RB, USC
1978 – Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma
1977 – Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame
1976 – Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh
1975 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State
1974 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State
1973 – John Cappelletti, RB, Penn State
1972 – Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska
1971 – Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn
1970 – Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford
1969 – Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma
1968 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC
1967 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC