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Cool it on the Winston ballot thing

A phony meme has circulated since Jameis Winston won the Heisman this past Saturday.

Namely, that the 115 Heisman voters who left the Florida State freshmen off their ballots are somehow defective people who have it in for the Seminoles quarterback.

Former Heisman winner Ricky Williams sure isn’t happy about it:

Williams is so certain that Winston deserved the honor that he has some doubts about the brains of those who didn’t see it that way.

“When you get a Heisman vote it doesn’t mean you’re intelligent or smart or anything like that,” Williams said with a smile on Monday when asked by HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps about the 115 voters who left Winston off their ballots

Blacksportsonline was also miffed:

“They really should make everyone who left him off the ballot explain themselves.”

Deadspin noted in its lede on Saturday that Winston was left off of 115 ballots, as if it was a particularly newsworthy point.

The problem with raising a stink about Winston being left off of that many ballots is that it’s a completely normal occurrence in Heisman voting. In fact, Winston was left off of fewer ballots than many past Heisman winners.

Barry Sanders, who was a landslide winner of the Heisman after producing one of the greatest seasons in college football history, was left off of 224 ballots in 1988.

Archie Griffin was left off over 200 ballots in 1975. Marcus Allen was left of off over 300 ballots in 1981. So was Herschel Walker in 1982.

RG3 was left off more ballots in 2011.

So, please. Stop complaining about Winston being left off of these ballots. It’s something that happens to every Heisman winner. Not everyone has the same opinion on who’s the most outstanding player in college football.

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Why the Heisman is better than ever

Check out my column from Al-Jazeera America on why the Heisman is better than ever.

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Quotes from Jameis Winston, 2013 Heisman Trophy winner

Here are the highlights of Winston at his press conference after winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy:

On winning the Heisman:

“I’m so overwhelmed right now. It feels great to be a part of the family. I can’t explain the feeling I have inside. This is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

On what he felt when his name was called:

“I was proud. I looked out into the crowd and saw that my mom and dad felt so proud, too. I haven’t seen that look in their eyes for a long time. It comforted me.”

On whether he was nervous he may not win:

“That last commercial break (before the announcement) was rough. I thought I was probably going to win, but you always have that doubt, because anything can happen. After they called my name I wanted to hug the trophy. This is a feeling that I always want to have.”

On what he can learn from Johnny Manziel, the other freshman to win the Heisman

“I will learn from Johnny. We are all evolving.”

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Breaking down the 2013 Heisman vote

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This was a very interesting Heisman vote, particularly the 2nd thru 6th spots.

Here is the breakdown by region:

Northeast Pos. Total Points
Jameis Winston 1 339
Andre Williams 2 132
AJ McCarron 3 130
Jordan Lynch 4 88
Johnny Manziel 5 56
Tre Mason 6 44

 

Mid-Atlantic Pos. Total Points
Jameis Winston 1 366
AJ McCarron 2 112
Andre Williams 3 89
Jordan Lynch 4 80
Tre Mason 5 71
Johnny Manziel 6 63

 

South Pos. Total Points
Jameis Winston 1 390
AJ McCarron 2 128
Tre Mason 3 106
Johnny Manziel 4 93
Jordan Lynch 5 69
Andre Williams 6 65

 

Southwest Pos. Total Points
Jameis Winston 1 395
Johnny Manziel 2 105
AJ McCarron 3 104
Jordan Lynch 4 93
Tre Mason 5 91
Andre Williams 6 56

 

Midwest Pos. Total Points
Jameis Winston 1 353
Jordan Lynch 2 116
AJ McCarron 3 102
Andre Williams 4 72
Tre Mason 5 57
Johnny Manziel 6 50

 

Far West Pos. Total Points
Jameis Winston 1 362
AJ McCarron 2 128
Jordan Lynch 3 112
Andre Williams 4 56
Johnny Manziel 5 54
Tre Mason 8 35

Note: Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona finished sixth in the Far West.

Percentage of tabulated ballots on which the top 6 were named:

Winston — 87%
McCarron — 43%
Lynch — 37%
Williams — 32%
Manziel — 29%
Mason — 25%

Percentage of ballots received by week:

Week 1 — 1%
Week 2 — 18%*
Week 3 — 81%

* — represents all ballots received before games started on Dec. 7, 2013.

Number of ballots received and tabulated — 900 of 928 (97%)

Number of players receiving votes, by place:

First — 15 players
Second — 24
Third — 41
Total players receiving votes — 47
(39 received votes in 2012)

  • Winston is the second freshman to win the Heisman
  • He is the 14th Heisman winner to exceed 2,000 total points
  • He received 668 first place votes, which is 9th all time.
  • Winston had the 7th largest margin of victory at 1,501 points.
  • He received 82% of the total possible points based on ballots received.
  • He is the 19th winner from an undefeated team (regular season).
  • At 19 years, 342 days, he is the youngest player to win the Heisman.

That’s all for tonight. We’ll have more breakdown of the vote tomorrow.

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Jameis Winston wins 2013 Heisman Trophy

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Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, capturing the prestigious award by a landslide margin.

He’s the third Seminole to win the Heisman, joining 1993 winner Charlie Ward and 2000 winner Chris Weinke.

Winston swept the six Heisman voting regions and totaled 2,205 points, 1,501 points ahead of runner up A.J. McCarron of Alabama. It was the seventh-largest margin of victory in Heisman history.

Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois placed third, Andrew Williams of Boston College was fourth, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was fifth and Tre Mason of Auburn was sixth.

Winston was left off of 115 ballots.

Here’s the top 10 in the vote:

Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Points
Jameis Winston 668 84 33 2,205
AJ McCarron 79 162 143 704
Jordan Lynch 40 149 140 558
Andre Williams 29 127 129 470
Johnny Manziel 30 103 125 421
Tre Mason 31 121 69 404
Bryce Petty 4 40 35 127
Derek Carr 6 23 43 107
Braxton Miller 4 21 37 91
Ka’Deem Carey 2 14 36 70
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Almost time for the show

The start of the 2013 Heisman ceremony is less than an hour away. Here’s all six finalists with the Heisman Trophy, together in their suits for the first time:

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