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College football roundup: Another honor for Winston

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The awards keep rolling in for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

The freshman starter for the top-ranked Seminoles was selected Associated Press Player of the Year on Tuesday, culminating a prolific awards season for Winston.

He became the second straight redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and he earned the honor by a landslide margin.

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.

--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.

--Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will take the same position at Florida, multiple media outlets reported.

Roper will remain on the Blue Devils' staff for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M on Dec. 31.

Roper replaces Brent Pease, who was fired after the Gators' 4-8 year, Florida's worst regular-season finish since 1979.

--Akron assistant head 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.

Arrington graduated from Ole Miss in 1994, and coached at North Alabama and Northwest Mississippi Community College.

"The Zips family has suffered a great loss," Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill said.

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