Winston, McCarron big winners
December, 12, 2013
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was selected as the Walter Camp player of the year on Thursday, saying he was "overwhelmed" by the honor before later praising his team for the support it gave him during a trying month.
Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a female FSU student at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012. But last week, state attorney Willie Meggs decided not to charge the Heisman Trophy favorite.
"I know I did nothing wrong," Winston said from the 23rd Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"People just got to realize that my family, and the coaches, and Coach (Jimbo) Fisher, they just supported me through this whole process, and I just feel so loved by that -- you just don't understand just how much that means to me."
The redshirt freshman is the second player from Florida State to win the Walter Camp award, joining quarterback Charlie Ward in 1993. Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won the Walter Camp last year.
The other finalists were Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Boston College running back Andre Williams.
McCarron didn't go home empty-handed, beating out Manziel and Winston for the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player.
Winston, meanwhile, also won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback, beating out Manziel and McCarron again. Six of the last seven winners of the Davey O'Brien have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy.
Tulane safety Devon Walker was honored with the Disney Spirit Award, given annually to the most inspirational figure or team.
Walker suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making a tackle against Tulsa last season, leaving the walk-on-turned-starter paralyzed from the neck down. (His story is profiled by Tom Rinaldi in the video at the top of the post.)
Walker accepted the award in Lake Buena Vista on Thursday night after spending the season on the sidelines as an inspiration to his Green Wave teammates.
"They were there for me everyday I was in the hospital," Walker said. "It's like a family."
To see a complete recap of all the award winners, click here.