FSU QB Winston heads All-America team

NEW YORK — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston led a group of four Florida State players named first-team All-Americans on Tuesday.

Winston, the freshman quarterback who has led the top-ranked Seminoles into the BCS championship game, was joined on the team by center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.

Winston has guided an offense that is averaging 53 points and could set an NCAA record for points in a season. Stork is the linchpin of the offensive line and has played a big role in Winston's development, providing a stable and calming influence.

Aguayo, who won the Lou Groza award for the nation's top kicker, has a school- and ACC-record 147 points.

Joyner is a key part of FSU's No. 1 scoring defense, thriving in his new role as the team's nickelback where he is equally effective against the run and the pass.

Left tackle Cam Erving and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan were second-team selections. The Seminoles had a nation-high six players on the three All-America teams.

Florida freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the former Wharton High standout, was named to the third team as the Gators' lone representative.

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season. (Complete list on left.)

SABAN DENIES CONTACT: Alabama coach Nick Saban said "there were no talks" involving him and the Texas job and said that such speculation is "kind of over." Saban on Friday night agreed to a new contract reportedly worth about $7 million a year.

UNC PROBE: Prosecutors provided about 40,000 pages in investigative records to attorneys for five people charged with violating the state's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players in 2010.

RELOCATION DENIED: A circuit court judge denied former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla's request to train in Las Vegas for next year's NFL draft while he is awaiting trial on a drug charge in Oregon.

HAMPTON: Connell Maynor, who made Winston-Salem State a title contender in Division II, was named head coach. In four seasons, Maynor coached the Rams to a 45-6 record, 29-2 in the CIAA.

FSU QB Winston heads All-America team 12/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:26pm]

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