5 Reasons Why Jameis Winston Will Win the 2013 Heisman Trophy
5 Reasons Why Jameis Winston Will Win the Heisman
Jameis Winston deserves to win the Heisman Trophy tonight. This season, Winston has been remarkable with the Florida State Seminoles. As a freshman, he guided Florida State to an undefeated season and the No. 1 ranking in the country. To top it all off, the Seminoles have a chance to win the BCS National Championship against the Auburn Tigers. When Winston first took the field against Pittsburgh, you could tell that this player was special. During the game against Pitt, Winston threw for 356 yards for four touchdowns and ran for 25 yards with one touchdown. That's five total touchdowns for a freshman in his first game ever in college. The crazy thing is that those stats weren't even the most impressive part of the night for Winston. In his first career start, he went 25 for 27 on the road which is good for a 92.9 completion percentage. Talk about starting the season with a bang. As soon as the game was over, everyone wanted to know who Winston was. He put himself on the map with one huge performance.
This performance gave Winston the momentum he needed for the rest of the season. Not only did Winston thrive off of this performance, but the whole Florida State team gained the confidence to succeed for the rest of the season. In fact, no other team got close to beating the Seminoles. Boston College got the closest to actually competing with FSU with a fourteen point defeat, but the Eagles had a Heisman finalist of their own in Andre Williams. Want to know who was next? Florida State’s rival Miami(FL) had the second closest defeat to the Seminoles at 27 points. At the time, the Hurricanes were ranked No. 7 in the country and were annihilated by the Jameis Winston led Seminoles. That is complete dominance by a team, I don’t care what conference you’re in. The fact that Florida State and Winston did this in the ACC makes this accomplishment even more impressive.
Winston should walk out of New York City with the Heisman Trophy in his hands tonight. It would be a shame if anyone else won the award because no player deserves this award over Winston. Check out my five biggest reasons why Winston will win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
5. Only A Freshman
Winston should win the Heisman because he is only a freshman. Some people will shake their heads and say why does a freshman deserve the Heisman? Winston deserves the Heisman because as a freshman he had the hard task of replacing a first-round draft pick in E.J. Manuel at quarterback. Most freshmen probably could not handle the challenge, but Winston welcomed it. He stepped right in for the Seminoles and produced at a very efficient level. If Johnny Manziel can win the Heisman as a freshman, why can’t Winston? Winston led his team to the National Championship and an undefeated season. Manziel did not even do that.
4. Numbers Never Lie
The numbers for Winston help make his case as well. As a freshman, he passed for 3,820 yards for 38 touchdowns and ran for 193 yards with four touchdowns. He also had a completion percentage of 67.9, which is phenomenal for any quarterback. His most impressive stat line, however, is his career winning percentage as a starter. That number is 100% because all he does is win games, as evidenced by Florida State’s 13-0 season. Those are impressive numbers for any player, but especially a freshman.
3. Signature Wins
In order to win the Heisman Trophy, a player must have a signature moment during the course of the year. Winston had two signature moments this season for the Seminoles. The first moment occurred on a Saturday night game against the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley. Clemson was ranked No. 3 in the nation at the time, but nobody let FSU know that. Winston led his Florida State team into Death Valley and did more than just win, Winston dominated Clemson’s defense. He threw for 444 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for another touchdown as well. He took his team on the road and made a statement with a 51-14 win over a top ranked team. The second moment for Winston came in a rivalry game against Miami. Miami was ranked No. 7 and looked like legitimate contenders at that point in the season. The Winston led Seminoles rolled over the Hurricanes in 41-14 win.
2. Skewed Numbers
Winston already has amazing numbers this season, but the scary part is that these numbers could be even higher. Florida State dominated so many teams this year that Winston did not even complete a number of games. Most of their games would be over by halftime, so FSU saw no reason to play their star quarterback and risk injury. For example, against Bethune-Cookman Winston finished his day with 142 yards passing for two touchdowns. If he plays that whole game, I guarantee Winston finishes with at least 300 yards passing and four touchdowns. The other Heisman finalists, besides AJ McCarron, came nowhere close to sitting out the second halves of their games. So therefore, when voters go to look at Winston’s stat line compared to the other finalists, voters must take into account this fact.
1. Complete Domination
The No. 1 reason for why Winston will win the Heisman is because of his leadership. With Winston at quarterback, Florida State went undefeated at 13-0 and earned a spot in the BCS National Championship. The way he led Florida State to become the No. 1 team in the nation and to an undefeated season is even more impressive. No team got even close to the Seminoles this year. In fact, Florida State had an average margin of victory of 42 points with Winston at quarterback. That is remarkable for a team to do no matter what the schedule, but Florida State had that average margin of victory and played two top-10 teams this season. Winston was the difference-maker for the Seminoles. I would be shocked if he did not win the Heisman tonight. No player deserves this honor more than Winston. He’s the best player on the best team in the country.