5 Reasons Why Jameis Winston Won’t Win the Heisman in 2014

5 Reasons Why Jameis Winston Won’t Repeat as Heisman Winner

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Jameis Winston may be considered the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in 2014, but he hardly has the award in the bag. Winston may not be able to simply duplicate the kind of football he played last season, he may have to improve to be considered worthy of winning the most prestigious individual award in college football a second time. Here are five reasons why Winston may have a more difficult path to the trophy this season.

5) No more Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw

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5) No more Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw

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One tremendous advantage that Winston had in 2013 was throwing to one of the best groups of receivers in the country. Winston will still have his top target from a year ago, Rashad Greene, but he won’t have Kelvin Benjamin or Kenny Shaw, who accounted for 21 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 receiving yards last season. That is a lot of production to make up for and the recent suspension of Jesus Wilson certainly did not help.

4) Florida State could run the ball more

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4) Florida State could run the ball more

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Given Florida State’s lack of proven receivers, it may make sense for the Seminoles to utilize their dominant offensive line and run the ball more in 2014. The ‘Noles lost Devonta Freeman, but they return a solid back in Karlos Williams and are bringing in one of the top running backs from the 2014 recruiting class, Dalvin Cook. If Florida State decides to run the ball more, it could hurt Winston’s numbers and edge him out of the Heisman picture.

3) Complacency

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3) Complacency

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The sophomore slump is probably a myth but it isn’t hard to imagine Winston getting a bit complacent after the freshman season he had. If the lesson that Winston took away from last year was that he was untouchable, then his performance could dip. There is also the matter of Winston playing baseball, while most of the other potential Heisman contenders were devoting themselves to improving on the gridiron.

2) Winston will have plenty of competition

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2) Winston will have plenty of competition

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When betting on an individual versus the field, it is almost always a better bet to take the field. This year’s Heisman race is no exception. The field is going to be stacked with solid Heisman candidates in 2014, including Marcus Mariota, Braxton Miller, and Bryce Petty, to only mention a few of the quarterbacks who could dethrone Winston. Then there are still players like Jeremy Langford, T.J. Yeldon, and Melvin Gordon to worry about.

1) Off-the-field issues

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1) Off-the-field issues

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Off-the-field issues haven’t hurt Winston yet, but it could happen in 2014. Winston may not need to get into much more trouble to lose his shot at the Heisman, either. He may not even need to get himself yanked from the field. Some Heisman voters are going to take the character of the candidates into consideration and another incident might sway those voters into casting their ballots for someone else.

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