The Florida State Seminoles might be in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history. It’s only been eight weeks into the season, but the Seminoles’ redshirt freshman quarterback might be the best player in college football. Jameis Winston is scary good — Heisman Trophy-good.
While he might be categorized as a dual-threat, the quarterback is a pass-first type of player. Not many young players can recognize the need to check all receivers before making the decision to run, but Winston possesses that rare trait. As a young quarterback, he has the football IQ and savviness to recognize when to run, when to pass and when to throw the ball away or take a sack.
Coming off a throbbing beat-down of the Clemson Tigers on the road, nonetheless, the Seminoles talented freshman has received all of the hype he deserves — he actually might deserve some more recognition. Yes, it was a team effort that led the Semonoles past the Tigers on the road, 51-14, but how many quarterbacks can take to the road against the No. 3 team in the nation and a huge conference rival, complete 65 percent of his passes, throw for 444 yards and account for four total touchdowns in the first tough road test of his career? No one.
Winston is in a class all his own right now. On the season, he has completed 71 percent of his passes for 1,885 yards, 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions to go along with 138 yards and three scores on the ground for the 6-0 Seminoles.
Just a little idea of how good Winston is: at this point last year, Johnny Manziel, last year’s freshman Heisman-winner and the first freshman to ever win, had 1,680 yards 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He did have far more rushing yards, but his completion rate was about four percentage points less than Winston’s is this year through six games.
Don’t forget that Winston has led the Seminoles to a combined winning score of 114-14 this season while Manziel lost to the only ranked team he played through six games, 20-17.
Winston is playing as good as anyone right now and he should be the front-runner for Heisman. Looks like it will be two straight freshman to win the Heisman Trophy — the only two in the history of the sport.