Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston heads the list of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
While Winston's inclusion on the list was a given, one of the names was a bit of a surprise: Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel made the cut after finishing the regular season with back-to-back subpar games.
The other three finalists are Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron and Boston College senior tailback Andre Williams.
The winner -- which should be Winston, with Lynch the runner-up -- will be announced Dec. 12. The award is voted on by FBS coaches and sports information directors.
Winston has a chance to set the NCAA single-season record for passing efficiency and has FSU one win away from an appearance in the BCS national championship game. He has thrown for 3,490 yards and a school-record 35 touchdowns for a team that averages 53.7 points per game.