FSU's Jameis Winston named Maxwell Award semifinalist

FSU QB Jameis Winston is the only freshman on a list of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award.

Two Florida State players were named semifinalists for two of the most prestigious major college football awards on Tuesday.

Quarterback Jameis Winston is one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to college football's top player. Winston, the only freshman on the list, has thrown for 2,177 yards, 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions in seven games. He has already matched the number of TD passes that EJ Manuel threw in 2012 as a senior.

Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner is one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which is presented to the most outstanding defensive player. Joyner, who moved over from safety to corner for his senior season, has 37 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 2013.

No. 3 Florida State (7-0) will play No. 6 Miami (7-0) on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Tallahassee.

Maxwell Award semifinalists
QB Tajh Boyd, SR, Clemson
QB Teddy Bridgewater, JR, Louisville
RB Ka'Deem Carey, JR, Arizona
QB Derek Carr, SR, Fresno State
WR Brandin Cooks, JR, Oregon State
WR Mike Evans, Soph, Texas A & M
RB Melvin Gordon, Soph, Wisconsin
QB Sean Mannion, JR, Oregon State
QB Johnny Manziel, Soph, Texas A&M
QB Marcus Mariota, Soph, Oregon
QB AJ McCarron, SR, Alabama
QB Aaron Murray, SR, Georgia
QB Bryce Petty, JR, Baylor
RB Bishop Sankey, JR, Washington
RB Lache Seastrunk, JR, Baylor
QB Jameis Winston, FR, Florida State

Bednarik Award semifinalists
LB Anthony Barr, SR, UCLA
DE Vic Beasley, JR, Clemson
LB Chris Borland, SR, Wisconsin
DT Aaron Donald, SR, Pittsburgh
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, JR, Oregon
CB Kyle Fuller, SR, Virginia Tech
DE Jackson Jeffcoat, SR, Texas
CB Lamarcus Joyner, SR, Florida State
LB Khalil Mack, SR, Buffalo
LB C.J. Mosley, SR, Alabama
LB Trent Murphy, SR, Stanford
DE Michael Sam, SR, Missouri
LB Ryan Shazier, JR, Ohio State
LB Kyle Van Noy, SR, BYU
DT Nikita Whitlock, SR, Wake Forest
DE Leonard Williams, Soph, USC

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