NoleDigest Regular-Season Awards

The NoleDigest staff has voted on the top contributors from the 2013 season.

The NoleDigest staff has voted on the top contributors from the 2013 season. Wayne McGahee provides analysis for each one.

Most Valuable Player: Jameis Winston

This one is fairly obvious. Jameis Winston won the Heisman Saturday night in a landslide as the best player in the nation. He has set the FBS freshman record for touchdowns with 38 and passing yards with 3,820. He also broke Florida State's season record for touchdown passes which was held by former Heisman trophy winner Chris Weinke.
Others receiving votes: None

Offensive Player of the Year: Jameis Winston

Winston led the nation in adjusted QBR with 90.9 which would put him tied for fourth all time. He averaged an incredible 10.95 yards per attempt. He was the unquestioned leader of this offense and one of the main reasons it has been as productive as it has been. Right now Florida State is on pace to break the NCAA record for points scored in a season and is on pace to have the first team with three 1,000 yard receivers and a 1,000 yard rusher.
Others receiving votes: None

Defensive Player of the Year: Lamarcus Joyner

Joyner has made a name for himself at Florida State with his crushing hits, although sometimes he had trouble controlling that aggressiveness (Sorry Haulstead). Joyner finished the 2013 regular season with 60 tackles and five sacks. He led the number one pass defense in the nation that held opponents to an incredible 152 yards per game.
Others receiving votes: Telvin Smith

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jameis Winston

Another unanimous decision here. As noted above Winston set NCAA records for Passing yards and touchdowns by a freshman this year. Compare those numbers to the previous holder of the of the FSU freshman passing yard record Drew Weatherford. Weatherford threw for 3208 yards in 2005. Chris Rix held the touchdown record for a freshman with 24.
Others receiving votes: None

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nate Andrews

True freshman Nate Andrews got his first significant playing time against Boston College where he recorded the first of his four interceptions on the season. He recorded 29 tackles on the season and returned an interception for a touchdown against Wake. He also recorded a sack against Duke.
Others receiving votes: Jalen Ramsey

Special Teams Player of the Year: Roberto Aguayo

Aguayo came into the season with big shoes to fill. Golden Shoes in fact. Aguayo converted 19 out of his 20 field goal attempts and set the NCAA record for consecutive extra points made in a season with 90. He is the third Florida State Groza award winner and was named a USA Today first team All-American.
Others receiving votes: Kenny Shaw

Most Improved Player: Kelvin Benjamin

Benjamin has more than doubled his yardage output from the 2012 season where he had 495 yards and four touchdown. This season he has 957 yards on 50 receptions. He also has ten more touchdowns than last year with 14. He posts an incredible 19.1 yard per reception average. Depending on who gets their first Benjamin could be the first 1,000 yard receiver since Anquan Boldin in 2002.
Others receiving votes: Mario Edwards Jr.

Top Skill Position Player: Jameis Winston

Winston is in the top ten of five categories: Passing yards per game, passing yards, passing efficiency, passing Touchdowns, and yards per attempt. It has been one of the best seasons ever for a quarterback. Winston also won the Davey O'Brien award as the nations top quarterback.
Others receiving votes: None

Top Offensive Lineman: Bryan Stork

Stork is one of the most versatile players on the roster. He has started all thirteen games at center, and has slid over to play tackle multiple times when needed. He won the Rimington award as the nation's best center and was named first team All-ACC.
Others receiving votes: None

Top Defensive Lineman: Timmy Jernigan

Unblockable. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Jernigan. Jernigan ended the season with 44 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He was consistently double teamed and still managed to make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. He was also a big reason Florida State had the 14th ranked run defense in the country.
Others receiving votes: None

Top Linebacker: Telvin Smith

Smith has been one of the most consistent players this year for the ‘Noles. He ended the season with 68 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, two touchdowns off those interceptions. Smith was named 2nd team All-ACC.
Others receiving votes: None

Top Defensive Back: Lamarcus Joyner

Joyner made the switch from safety to corner after Jeremy Pruitt was hired and it has gone seamlessly. He was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award which is given to the nation's best defensive back. Joyner had two interceptions and 5 pass breakups on the season.
Others receiving votes: None

Breakout Player for 2014: Matthew Thomas

In the limited time that he was able to play Thomas showed flashes of greatness. He was very difficult to block when he was coming off the edge. Thomas was the number one rated outside linebacker in the country coming out of high school a year ago.
Others receiving votes: None

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