Jameis Winston is about to be even more famous.
The 19-year-old Florida State quarterback was named the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy during a crowded ceremony in New York City on Saturday night. Winston headlined a group of six finalists invited to New York for the 79th presentation of the most prestigious award in college football. He is the youngest player ever to take home the famed stiff arm trophy.
"This Heisman isn't just for Jameis Winston," Winston said near the end of an emotional acceptance speech. "This is for Florida State. I love everybody in here. I'm so blessed right now. It means so much to me. But I got one thing to say: At Florida State, if we gonna do it then, we do it big then."
The Seminoles' redshirt freshman sensation totaled 2,025 points and 668 first place votes in a landslide win. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was the runner up with 704 points and was followed by Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Boston College running back Andre Williams, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Auburn running back Tre Mason. Despite being left off 115 ballots, Winston topped McCarron by 1,501 points. McCarron and Mason, meanwhile, were separated by just 300 points.
Heisman Finalist Voting Totals, via The Associated Press
Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Jameis Winston, Florida St. 668 84 33 2,205 AJ McCarron, Alabama 79 162 143 704 Jordan Lynch, N. Illinois 40 149 140 558 Andre Williams, Boston College 29 127 129 470 Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 30 103 125 421 Tre Mason, Auburn 31 121 69 404
In 2012, Manziel became the first-ever freshman to win the award and had a chance to become just the second ever to win the award twice. Ohio State running back Archie Griffin remains the only player with two Heisman Trophy wins, capturing college football's top individual prize in 1974 and 1975.
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Winston racked up 3,825 passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns during a breakout season in Tallahassee. The teenaged signal caller piloted Florida State through an undefeated regular season. A win over Duke in the ACC Championship Game clinched a spot for the No. 1 Noles in the title game opposite No. 2 Auburn.
Despite his record-breaking performances, Winston's candidacy was nearly derailed by off-field issues. Just days before the Heisman finalists were named, he learned that he would not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her in December 2012.
During an emotional acceptance speech, Winston spoke repeatedly about trusting in "the process" and referred to "all the things I've been through this past month." He also spoke about his family's hardships and his relationship with his parents.
A day earlier, Winston mentioned "the process" when commenting on the allegations and ensuing investigation during the finalists' media availability in New York.
“I knew I did nothing wrong," Winston told reporters, via CBS New York. "I knew I could respect the process and I’d eventually be vindicated. It was more about me being silent for my family because I didn’t want to put my family in those situations."
Also speaking on Friday, the attorney for the woman who accused Winston of sexual assault railed against the Tallahassee Police Department's handling of the case. Attorney Patricia Carroll also called on Florida's attorney general to examine the rape investigation.
"It was very obvious as this progressed that we didn't feel like we were going to get a proper investigation," Carroll said during a press conference, via The Associated Press.