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Aggie's Johnny Manziel won it last year. The year before, it was Baylor's RGIII. And before that, it was Auburn's Cam Newton. Clearly, talent does translate well with the winners; many go on to lead very successful careers in the NFL. Six were nominated for the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy. And this year's winner was #1 ranked Florida State's QB Jameis Winston. He is the second freshman ever to be awarded (Manziel was the first). He's also the youngest player to ever win; he'll turn 20 in January.
Jameis Winston was a clear favorite to win, getting roughly 45% of the initial nomination votes. Voters reportedly said they struggled coming up with a solid 2nd or even 3rd candidate. There were a handful of good runner-up options, but no obvious choices. Some are saying that's actually why they nominated so many guys this year; there hasn't been 6 nominees since 1994.
While Winston was the stand-out choice on paper with his stats, his sexual assault investigation (rape charges that he was just recently acquitted of) certainly looked like it could derail him. And, not just for a Heisman. But for any future in the NFL (or much of one for life in general), assuming that criminal charges and jail time were to befall him. What a crazy turn of events for Jameis. He went from considering a potential reality of being labeled a rapist behind bars to being awarded college football's highest honor, within weeks.
I wish I could say congrats on the Heisman without any asterisk or hesitation. I mean, Winston had an extremely dominant season. For that, he does deserve the Heisman. But, when any girl accuses a guy of rape, true or not, it sticks with them forever. Two others immediately come to mind: Kobe Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger. I think of their controversy every time I hear their name and wonder. So damn unfortunate and unfair, if untrue. But, disgusting if they got away with it because of who they are. Either way, branded/tarnished for life.