The highly-anticipated freshman debut of Jameis Winston finally took center stage on Monday night and the first year quarterback certainly did not disappoint. In fact, Winston may have had the best freshman debut of any quarterback in Florida State history.
High expectations are circulating around Winston and on a night in which the Pittsburgh Panthers were making their ACC debut, it was the one star newcomer on the opposite side of the football that stole the show. Winston’s night ended around the halfway point of the fourth quarter, but not before the Florida State freshman compiled one unbelievable night of statistics.
Winston was an astonishing 25-of-27 throwing the football, tallying 356 yards and four touchdowns in the process. In addition to his throwing numbers, Winston also rushed for 25 yards and a fifth overall touchdown. Talk about one making a name for himself and on national television to boot.
Now just one week into this season and one game into his career, Heisman trophy hype may be pushing it a little bit, but keep in mind the fact that the college football world is just one lone season removed from a freshman hoisting that same award — ahem, Johnny Manziel. The list of potential Heisman candidates is long at this point in the season, so we will have to wait and see what Winston has for an encore as the season continues rolls along.
He won’t duplicate the performance he had on Monday night very often, but there’s no denying the fact that Winston has earned the hype that he has merited after a debut showing that resulted in a Seminoles’ victory.