Jameis Winston is ACC player of year
The ACC on Wednesday selected Winston as both its overall and offensive player of the year one day after he was picked as rookie of the year.
Winston is the first redshirt freshman in the 61-year history of the league to win the overall award. He received 47 of 65 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Boston College running back Andre Williams had 13 votes, and Donald had four.
Winston has led the Seminoles (12-0, 8-0) to the top spot in the BCS standings and a berth in Saturday's ACC title game opposite No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2). He is the first Florida State player to win the overall award since Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke in 2000.
He leads the nation with a 192.6 pass efficiency rating and a 91.9 Total QBR. Winston also is tops in the ACC with 3,490 passing yards and 35 touchdown throws, and he's emerged as a leading Heisman candidate despite being embroiled in a high-profile investigation into an alleged sexual assault last December.
Winston is one touchdown shy of the FBS record for freshmen, set by Oklahoma's Sam Bradford in 2007.
Florida State ranks second nationally in scoring, averaging 53.7 points. The Seminoles are seventh in total offense with 526.1 yards per game.
Donald leads the nation with 26.5 tackles for losses and has 10 sacks and four forced fumbles. His blocked extra point was the difference in the Panthers' 17-16 win over Syracuse on Nov. 23 that made Pittsburgh bowl-eligible.
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