NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has one more award to add to his collection.
Winston was announced Wednesday as the winner of the Manning Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback. The award comes two days after Winston led Florida State to a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS championship game.
"It means a lot just to have Manning next to my name, to have my name next to Manning, with the accolades that Peyton, Eli and Mr. (Archie) Manning have had in college and professional football," Winston said. "That makes me so happy. It really makes my day for me to be able to get announced as the winner of this award."
The Manning Award is the only annual quarterback award that takes a player's bowl performance into consideration. That distinguishes it from the Davey O'Brien Award, another honor given annually to the nation's top college quarterback. Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, also was named the recipient of the Davey O'Brien Award last month.
At a teleconference announcing Winston as the winner, College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning called Winston "the total package."
"He's got great command out there," Manning said. "He kind of scans the field. He's certainly capable of tucking it and running, but he doesn't do it too quick. He goes through his options. I just thought he showed so much in really his first year in big-time football there. This game, especially the quarterback position, it's about repetition and experience. And he led the team like he did in his first year as a starting quarterback, and rallied them (to) winning all their games and a national championship just speaks highly for him."
Manning, a former baseball player in his own right, said he's partial to football stars who also play baseball. Winston says he plans to return to Florida State's baseball team this spring and noted that that having another sport to keep him busy could help him deal with all the distractions he might encounter heading into the 2014 football season.