Jameis Winston named ACC Player of the Year

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Jameis Winston leads the nation in passing efficiency.  (USATSI)
Jameis Winston leads the nation in passing efficiency. (USATSI)
It took 61 years for a redshirt freshman to win the ACC's Player of the Year Award, but it was no shock at all when one finally did Wednesday.

Jameis Winston was named the league's Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, riding his staggering numbers and Florida State 's 12-0 season to 47 of the 65 Player of the Year votes cast, per the Associated Press. Boston College running back Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, picked up 13 with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald grabbing four.

Donald was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in tackles-for-loss with 26.5.

Winston's 192.6 passing efficiency rating leads the nation by a wide margin, with his 3,490 yards passing and 35 touchdowns both leading the ACC. He is now the runaway Heisman Trophy favorite despite the investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Winston dating back to December 2012.

Winston was two votes shy of being a unanimous first-team choice on the All-ACC team announced Monday.

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