Jameis Winston ACC Male Athlete of the Year

Jameis Winston has been named the 2013–2014 ACC Male Athlete of the Year.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Friday that Jameis Winston has been named the 2013–2014 Anthony J. McKevlin Award as the ACC Male Athlete of the Year.

The two-sport star is the fourth Florida State athlete to win the award, joining Ngoni Makusha (Track, 2010–2011) Walter Dix (Track, 2006–2007), and Charlie Ward (Football/Basketball, 1992–1993 & 1993–94).

The award is voted on by the members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association; Winston was the choice of 22 of the 41 ACSMA voters this year. (No word yet on whether the other voters watched any ACC football or baseball this year.)

"I'm very honored and grateful that I was selected as the ACC Male Athlete of the Year," Winston said in a release. "Without my teammates, I couldn't have done it. This is a true award for both the football and baseball teams."

The award is only the latest in a highly decorated year that saw Winston win the Heisman Trophy in December before leading the Seminole football team to a BCS National Championship in January. Winston also added the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year honors to his resume in the 2013 football season.

Winston led the nation in pass efficiency (184.8; ACC Record) and broke the national records for passing yards (4,057) and passing touchdowns (40) by a freshman.

"This is a great honor for Jameis," FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher said. "His accomplishments on the field last season were tremendous. He's what you look for when you think of a student-athlete performing well on the field and also in the classroom. He's one of the most decorated players to come through Florida State. I'm extremely happy for him, our program and his teammates."

Winston also made 24 appearances as a relief pitcher and led the FSU baseball team in saves (7), striking out 31 and allowing 18 hits in 33.1 innings pitched.

"Jameis Winston is a special young man," FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said. "For him to accomplish what he did in football this past fall and then for him to continue performing at a high level while participating in both football and baseball during the spring is an exceptional feat. Jameis is just a great teammate; he was very, very important to the success of our baseball team in the way that he performed on the field, all the way until the last game of the season against Alabama when he came in and pitched extremely well for us."

"To have the top male student-athlete in the ACC is something that we all as Seminoles can be proud of. Being around him this spring with literally hundreds of people wanting to see him, to get his autograph and to get a picture made with him; the way that he treated everyone is a real credit to the Winston Family and this great university.

"We are extremely proud of Jameis Winston for winning this very prestigious award."

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