The legend of Jameis Winston exploded when the former five-star prospect completed 12-of-15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in his infamous spring game performance.
Then Winston followed that with an extended summer battle with a backup quarterback (Jacob Coker) who coaches believe has JaMarcus Russell-type arm strength. This led to premature preseason Heisman talk that could have gotten to his head, but the budding star stayed as poised in the pocket as he does when he’s up to bat or in the Florida State outfield.
That’s pure perfection for someone trying to avoid catching “Manziel disease” — even if the redshirt freshman’s hype is starting to rise to Johnny Manziel numbers. At any rate, it was still perfection that left Winston with only one thing to complain about.
“I got sacked,” Winston said after the Seminoles’ win over Pitt. “I don’t like getting sacked.”
No disrespect, but to find a flaw in his Monday night game is just nitpicking. Maybe that’s what the greats need to stay on top of their game – that constant internal pressure to will them wherever they need to go. But you would be hard pressed to find a 356 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions performance as good Winston put up in the opener.
Especially in a game where he only mustered two incompletions and connected on 25-of-27 passes. The refs robbed him on a Kenny Shaw catch where they claimed he stepped out of bounds.
If Winston can give the fans a few more nights like this, Famous Jameis will surpass Johnny Football and become primetime like former FSU two-sports stars Deion Sanders and Charlie Ward.
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