At 6-4, 228 pounds, star quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston, is an incredible athlete who has made a name for himself in his freshman year. As the Seminoles head into this weekend’s matchup against the University of Miami Hurricanes, Winston has just about everything on the line.
Both “The U” and Florida State come into Saturday evening’s powerhouse slugfest as the leaders of their respective divisions in the ACC with equally perfect 7-0 records. The ‘Noles come in ranked number three in the most recent BCS rankings while the ‘Canes are just a few spots behind at number seven. Not only is the chance to be regular season conference champions on the line, a win against Miami would likely leapfrog the Seminoles over the Oregon Ducks for the number two spot and a chance at the BCS National Championship.
As if that isn’t enough pressure to put on the freshman, Winston also needs a solid game in order to solidify his spot as the leading Heisman Candidate. The Florida State QB doesn’t have the best stats as he has the 18th most passing yards, but he does rank in the top three in passing touchdowns and passer efficiency rating. Coupling his great stats with the high pressure situations of leading an undefeated team as a freshman gives Winston an edge on some of his fellow candidates. With a win over Miami, Winston would surely be seen as a favorite for the Heisman Trophy.
A second win over top-10 teams in three weeks would be just enough to push Winston over the edge in the eyes of the voters who will have a difficult time this year. Marcus Mariota from Oregon, the reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron are other highlights in a QB-heavy candidate list, but Winston’s strong performances and dominance all season long make him a favorite. If he and FSU can pull off a win against Miami, the other candidates will need to do something crazy to get the media attention back.