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12/12/2013

Bryan Stork Wins the Rimington Trophy

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Redshirt senior Bryan Stork has won the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top center. 

When Stork arrived at Florida State five years ago he sat through Bobby Bowden's 7-6 swan song season. It was the "dark ages" as Stork called it after FSU's 37-7 win over Florida a couple weeks ago.

These days though, "it's our time," said Stork.

That sure does seem to be the case lately. Florida State cleaned up at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday night. Jameis Winston won two awards, Roberto Aguayo was named the nation's top kicker and Stork was honored as the country's best center.

At Florida State though, Stork is much more than just a center.

Whether it was his roll as the senior-most leader on a young offensive line three years ago (a line that has turned into one of the nation's best this year) or his willingness to play anywhere -- and through anything -- that have made Stork one of the most integral players on the entire roster this season for the Seminoles.

Stork's feet and ankles were so bad this season that it was a rarity he could make it through a full week of practice -- he even missed the Wake game as a precaution. But when Stork was on the field the line played with a nasty streak and a level of poise that was lacking without him.

He also demonstrated his versatility at key points this year too, for instance in the UF game when left tackle Cameron Erving left the game briefly it was Stork who slid from center to tackle and held down the fort while Erving got treatment. 

A couple drives later Erving was back in the game, Stork was back at center and the Florida State line barely missed a beat. 

On Thursday Stork was honored for his performance this year with the Rimington award.

He is currently projected to be a second day NFL draft pick. Before that though, Florida State faces Auburn on January 6th in the BCS Championship game.

 

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Roberto Aguayo Wins the Lou Groza Award

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Jameis Winston wasn't the only Florida State redshirt freshman making noise this season -- Roberto Aguayo also made his fair share in 2013.

How do you replace the most prolific kicker in NCAA history?

How about by going 119/120 on your kicks and assaulting your predecessor's name in the record books?

Because that's what Roberto Aguayo did. Dustin Hopkins? Pretty good kicker. At this rate though, Aguayo will catch Hopkins' NCAA record for points by a kicker sometime in his junior year. He's already passed him on several other kicking records at FSU.

Aguayo was 19/20 on field goals and perfect on extra points this season. He scored 147 points, nine back from the national best and tops among all kickers. Perhaps more impressively, 'Berto outscored Florida State's competition by himself this season, 147-139. 

On Thursday night Aguayo did something Dustin Hopkins never could, he won the Lou Groza award presented annually to the nation's top kicker. 

Aguayo is FSU's third Groza winner. Sebastian Janikowski and Graham Gano also earned the honor. All three former Florida State kickers, Hopkins, Janikowski and Gano, now kick in the NFL.

Next up for Aguayo and the Seminoles is the BCS Championship game on January 6th in Pasadena. 

 

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Jameis Winston Wins the Davey O'Brian Award, Named Walter Camp Player of the Year

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The Home Depot College Football Awards were held Thursday evening in Orlando, FL and the Florida State Seminoles brought home plenty of hardware for their 13-0 season.

While Roberto Aguayo and Bryan Stork both won awards of their own, it was Jameis Winston that was the big winner on Thursday night. 

A 19 year old redshirt freshman, Winston burst onto the scene with a 25/27, 4 TD debut at Pittsburgh in the Seminoles' season opener and he hasn't looked back since.

Winston set a new ACC mark for touchdown passes in a season, broke Sam Bradford's NCAA record for TD passes by a freshman and set a new national freshman passing yardage record this season. He seemed poised to run away with the Heisman by the beginning of November.

Winston finished the season with 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 picks on 67.9 percent passing. In the entire history of FSU football no quarterback had ever thrown as many TD passes in a season -- Winston did it in his very first year on the field.

For his success this year Winston was awarded the Davey O'Brian trophy (given annually to the nation's top quarterback) and given the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award on Thursday night. 

"When you have a team like that, anyone can go out there and do that," Winston said of his teammates after winning both awards.

The 6-4 redshirt freshman was also nominated for the Maxwell award but was edged out by Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron for the honor.

On January 6th Winston will attempt to cap his phenomenal freshman season with a win in the BCS Championship game. 

 

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