By Ray Hamill
In his first year as a college starter, Jameis Winston has made a habit of pulling out lopsided wins.
Saturday was no different.
In an announcement that surprised absolutely no one, the freshman quarterback took home the 2013 Heisman Trophy with the seventh largest margin of victory ever, earning 668 of 900 first-place votes for a total score of 2,205 points, more than three times the score of second-placed A.J. McCarron (704).
It was a deserving win for Winston, who was clearly the best player in the college ranks this year, leading the Seminoles to a 13-0 record and a place in next month’s BCS Championship, with only three of those wins by less than 30 points.
At 19 years and 342 days old, Winston also became the youngest ever winner of the Heisman (the most prestigious individual award in all of American sports), and he is just the second ever freshman to win the award, joining 2012 winner Johnny Manziel.
Saturday’s achievement, however, is the latest chapter in what has been a crazy and controversial season for the red-shirt freshman.
After grabbing our attention with a four-TD performance in a nationally televised victory over Pitt on Labor Day, Winston has electrified fans all season with a series of dominating performances.
But that success has been achieved against the backdrop of a sexual assault accusation that has lingered, although charges were never brought because of a lack of evidence.
The controversy appears to have had little affect on Winston the player, who has thrived in spite of the pressure and now joins one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sports.
The question now is whether he can cap it all with a victory over Auburn in the final BCS Championship.