The awards keep rolling in for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
The freshman starter of the top-ranked Seminoles was named Associated Press Player of the Year on Tuesday, culminating a prolific awards season for Winston.
He became the second straight redshirt freshman in college football history to win the Heisman Trophy by a the fifth-largest margin in history.
The 19-year-old Winston, who will turn 20 on Jan. 6 — the same day the No. 1-ranked Seminoles (13-0) face No. 2 Auburn (12-1) for the BCS National Championship in Pasadena, Calif. — became the youngest winner to join the Heisman Trophy club. Last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, turned 20 years old two days before he received the honor.
While becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to lead a team to a unbeaten record and 13 wins, Winston completed 237 of 349 passes for 3,820 yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The passing yardage and passing touchdown totals are NCAA freshman records, and he is on track to break FBS’ career record with a 190.6 passer efficiency rating.
Winston also rushed 77 times for 193 yards and four scores, leading the Seminoles to Atlantic Coast Conference championship and unbeaten conference record.
Akron assistant head football coach Alan Arrington was killed Monday in a car accident in Mississippi.
Arrington was in his second season at Akron. Nicknamed “Tank” he was assistant head coach under Terry Bowden and also worked with the offensive line. He was 44, and is survived by his wife, Gail.
“I can’t put into words how tragic this is,” Bowden said in a statement. “We have lost someone who was truly special and had dedicated his life to guiding young men. Tank was a very good friend and a great person. My thoughts are with his family and those who had the chance to know him and play for him.”
Arrington graduated from Ole Miss in 1994, and coached at North Alabama and Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner is on crutches and still dealing with the turf toe injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Ohio State.
Gardner was second in the Big Ten in total offense with 286.9 yards per game. He is wearing a walking boot and coach Brady Hoke said it’s possible Gardner will not play Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State.
The Wolverines are preparing for freshman Shane Morris to start.
Morris played in two games in 2013 and completed 5 of 9 pass attempts.
Jeff Monken, who was 38-16 at Georgia Southern, was hired as head coach at Army.
Monken will be formally introduced at a press conference at West Point on Monday.
Monken is an offensive-minded coach who runs the triple-option system familiar to the program. Georgia Southern reached the FCS semifinals three times in Monken’s four seasons in Statesboro and knocked off Florida, 26-20, in 2013.
Monken worked under Paul Johnson as an assistant at Navy and Georgia Tech. Johnson previously worked at Georgia Southern before leaving for the Navy job.
Tennessee’s Mike Munchak and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano have inquired about the Penn State job if coach Bill O’Brien leaves to take an NFL opening, the Patriot-News reported Tuesday.
Schiano has denied the report.
“There’s zero truth to that,” Schiano said. “Let me make it clear, the only job I want is the one I have right now.”
Munchak has not responded to the report.
Both Munchak and Schiano have ties to Penn State.
Munchak has spent his entire 32-year professional career as a player and coach with the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers organization, including the last three seasons as head coach. But with a 6-9 record this year, 21-26 overall record and no playoff appearances, there is speculation he could be fired after the season.
Schiano has also been on the hot seat with a 4-11 record this season with the Buccaneers. Hei is a former Joe Paterno assistant at Penn State and during Schiano’s tenure as the head coach at Rutgers he was frequently mentioned as a coach who could eventually succeed Paterno.