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Jameis Winston became the youngest winner in the history of the award, winning in a runaway vote. (Source: FSU Sports Information/Bill Pearce) Jameis Winston became the youngest winner in the history of the award, winning in a runaway vote. (Source: FSU Sports Information/Bill Pearce)
Heisman finalists, from left, Tre Mason, Jordan Lynch, Jameis Winston, Andre Williams and Johnny Manziel pose with the trophy. AJ McCarron was in Baltimore to accept the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. (Source: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University) Heisman finalists, from left, Tre Mason, Jordan Lynch, Jameis Winston, Andre Williams and Johnny Manziel pose with the trophy. AJ McCarron was in Baltimore to accept the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. (Source: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University)
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(RNN) - Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the award.

Winston does not turn 20 until Jan. 6, the day the Seminoles take on Auburn in the BCS championship, and became the second consecutive freshman to win the award.

"This Heisman isn't just for Jameis Winston, it's for Florida State. I love everybody in here," he said during his acceptance speech.

He won the award with 668 first-place votes and 2,205 total points, 1,501 ahead of second-place winner AJ McCarron of Alabama. Winston ran away with the award despite 115 voters completely leaving him off their ballots.

Winston was the subject of a sexual assault investigation from an incident that a former female student at FSU said happened last year. The state attorney announced late last week his office would not file charges due to lack of sufficient evidence.

It had been assumed by many that since Winston's legal troubles are in the rear-view mirror, so was the rest of the competition in the Heisman race.

Winston's promise as a star both in football and baseball earned him the nickname "Famous Jameis." He lived up to the hype and then some.

He has passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns - more than last year's Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel. No matter how the BCS Championship turns out, it is entirely possible FSU could become the second college team ever (Tulsa, 2007) with three 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000 rusher in the same season.

Florida State played in the first BCS title game, and Winston has helped the Seminoles come full circle by reaching the final championship bowl under the current system.

Below is a synopsis of each of the remaining candidates:

AJ McCarron

Position: Quarterback

School: Alabama

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 214

Class: Senior

McCarron is largely a lifetime achievement candidate. Not only is his overall body of work better than all other candidates, but it's better than all other candidates in college football history, except Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier who finished as the runner-up to Eddie George in 1995.

Like Frazier, McCarron led his team to back-to-back national championships, but fell short of playing for a third with a 34-28 loss to Auburn. McCarron has 2,676 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, both of which are significantly lower than other finalists. However, McCarron has only three losses as a starter in his career, which is fewer losses than fellow finalist and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel had this season. McCarron's average of 223 yards per game, 2.16 touchdowns per game and 67.6 completion percentage are all career-highs.

Andre Williams

Position: Running back

School: Boston College

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 227

Class: Senior

Only nine players in college football history have rushed for 2,100 yards in a season and Williams is one of them. His 2,102 yards came despite an injury in Boston College's final game that held him to 29 yards and is more than Rashaan Salaam gained in his Heisman Trophy-winning 1994 season. Williams is also 22 yards shy of the mark reached by Ricky Williams when he won the Heisman in 1998.

Williams suffers from a perception problem because the Eagles lost five games this year and he is a bit of a surprise. His 2,102 yards are more than his three previous seasons combined. If he wins, he would be the first running back to win the award since Mark Ingram in 2009 and the second non-quarterback to win since 2000. For what's it worth, Williams has nearly 500 yards more than Ingram did and two more touchdowns, including Ingram's 116 yards and two touchdowns from the BCS championship game that season.

Jordan Lynch

Position: Quarterback

School: Northern Illinois

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 216

Class: Senior

Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois to a 12-1 record, but the Huskies fell short of winning the MAC and making a second-straight trip to a BCS bowl. He did not play well in the league championship game and his team lost to Bowling Green.

He ran for 1,881 yards this season and threw for 2,676, accounting for 46 touchdowns. He ran for 22 scores, passed for 24 and caught one TD pass. He ranks fourth nationally in total offense and points responsible for (276). Only four other players in NCAA history have run for 20 and passed for 20 touchdowns.

Tre Mason

Position: Running back

School: Auburn

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 205

Class: Junior

Tre Mason propelled himself into the Heisman picture with two colossal performances on national TV to end the season. He paced Auburn's offense with 164 yards rushing in the electrifying upset of then-No.1 ranked Alabama. He gained a championship game record 304 yards in the Tigers' 59-42 win over Missouri.

He led the SEC in rushing with 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns, perfectly fitting into coach Gus Malzahn's tricky read option offense. He's the main reason that Auburn is playing for the BCS National Championship.

Johnny Manziel

Position: Quarterback

School: Texas A&M

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 210

Class: Sophomore

How is a season in which a quarterback passes for 3,313 yards, rushes for 611 and scores 39 total touchdowns considered a letdown? Only when he ran for 800 more yards, passed for 13 more touchdowns and almost 400 more yards in the previous season. The Aggies' four losses also didn't help Manziel's attempt to join Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman winner.

But in a broader perspective, it was a phenomenal season, especially considering a string of injuries both Manziel and his team have downplayed. Hurt or not, there is no question Texas A&M's quarterback carried his team. He was third in the country in total offense, almost a necessity given that his defense was one of the worst in the nation.

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    Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois)
    2%
    16 votes
    AJ McCarron (Alabama)
    44%
    353 votes
    Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
    8%
    66 votes
    Tre Mason (Auburn)
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    97 votes
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    18 votes
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    260 votes
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