TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award and redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston captured ACC Rookie of the Week accolades for the fifth time this season on Monday.
Joyner, who is tied for first in the ACC with three forced fumbles, is one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has been a lockdown cornerback this season and also has 37 tackles, three pass break-ups, one interception and a team-leading three sacks.
The three Thorpe Award finalists will be named on Monday, November 25th and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 12th airing on ESPN. The winner of the 2013 Thorpe Award will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on February 4, 2014.
Winston nabbed ACC Rookie of the Week honors again after tossing for 292 yards and three touchdowns in FSU’s 49-17 win over NC State on Saturday.
Winston led the Seminoles to a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter by completing 11-of-14 passes for 229 yards and three scores before the second quarter even started.
He ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency (207.0) and sits tied-for-third in passing touchdowns (23), while leading the conference in both categories.
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