When Florida State Seminoles finished off a 37-7 beating of Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon the ramifications of the win reverberated around the country. With the victory the Seminoles completed a perfect 12-0 regular season, both cementing a spot in the ACC Championship Game and likely a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
What the win also cemented was the Heisman Trophy for quarterback Jameis Winston, who was his usual efficient and effective self on Saturday afternoon. For the entirety of the game he completed 19-of-31 passes for 327 yards, three touchdowns and threw only one interception. Throughout this performance he was extremely smart moving the ball from side to side on the field, showing an ability to both throw short and long passes with great efficiency to counter an extremely aggressive and motivated Florida defense.
This great performance brought Winston’s statistical card for the season to read: 3490 passing yards, a 68.8 completion percentage, 35 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. There is no doubting that this statistical resume is eye popping, and it becomes even more impressive when one considers that the quarterback has been yanked early in many games as a result of Florida State winning each of their games by at least 14 points.
What this statistical showing does not indicate, though, is that Winston has been the heartbeat of Florida State, both on the field and off. Every time they need a big play he is there to provide it, and his ability to motivate teammates off the field has been well documented by both teammates and coaches. While there is no way to truly put the impact of these two factors into either words or numbers, it is clear that the quarterback has the ultimate “it” factor.
Other contenders for the Heisman Trophy Award such as Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, AJ McCarron and Bryce Petty may be able to match either the statistical contribution, intangibles, or record of Winston, but none can claim to have all three. With one game left against Duke in the ACC Championship Game there is no doubting that he has time to slip up and open the door for this opposition to take home the Heisman Trophy Award, but at this point it seems like a miracle shot at best.
So with one week left in the 2013 college football season there may be a lot of awards, conferences and bowl bids left to be decided, but the Heisman Trophy is surely not one of them. This award is placed firmly in the hands of Jameis Winston with only a miracle from the hands of God himself looking possible to give anyone else a chance to pick up college football’s most prestigious honor.