One thing is pretty much certain: Winston will probably be giving Florida State (4-0 overall, 2-0 ACC) just three full years before joining the past FSU quarterback, E.J. Manuel, in the pros after beating the Eagles, 48-34. Winston showed the rest of the ACC just what it has to deal with for a couple more years before he becomes eligible to enter the NFL draft. With his natural ability to both throw and run, he could be projected as a first-round pick before long.
Winston finished with four touchdown passes as the Seminoles overcame an uneasy start to make it a 30-minute game. His 55-yard touchdown pass was scored as time expired in the first half, but it put the Seminoles on top for good, despite falling behind 14-0 to start. Winston is pretty much the single reason the Seminoles have scored over 40 points in each of their four games. He finished completing 17-of-28 passes for 330 yards and added 67 more on the ground.
One of the many things that makes Winston so dangerous is that he’s got a terrific instinct for self-preservation. On many of his positive-yardage runs, Winston ducks out of bounds just in time to avoid the big hit and he’s got the mobility to beat any defender to the outside.
New Boston College head coach Steve Addazio is a familiar name to Florida football fans, having been the offensive coordinator to Urban Meyer at Florida and is a big proponent of the run game, but even Addazio had to be impressed with the multi-dimensional game Winston brings to the Seminoles.
This is what Addazio and the rest of the ACC coaches will have to deal with for at least this year and two more after that, but probably not three.