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Shocker: Jameis Winston named FSU’s starting QB

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What wasn’t really a mystery in the first place is officially no longer even remotely close to being one.

Friday evening, Jimbo Fisher revealed that, yes, Jameis Winston has officially won Florida State’s quarterback competition and will be the starter when the Seminoles open the season Labor Day against Pittsburgh.  Winston beat out Jacob Coker for the right to replace EJ Manuel as FSU’s starter.

While Fisher has kept his QB cards close to the vest, the move is far from surprising.

Winston appeared to take control of the job in spring practice and, while Fisher refused to anoint him, did nothing but solidify his hold on the job during camp.  The transfer of Clint Trickett to West Virginia was another sign that the three-horse QB race was really down to Winston not tripping over himself down the homestretch.

As a five-star member of FSU’s 2012 recruiting class, Winston was rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback; the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama; and the No. 10 player at any position.  He took a redshirt his true freshman season sitting behind Manuel and absorbing the offense that he will now be charged with triggering.

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15 Responses to “Shocker: Jameis Winston named FSU’s starting QB”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 23, 2013 7:04 PM

    Did he absorb the choking gene that EJ Manuel had? Because that was legendary.

  2. 93noles99 says: Aug 23, 2013 7:27 PM

    Famous Jameis!!

  3. burm61 says: Aug 23, 2013 7:39 PM

    Pitt will beat FSU week one.

  4. jimmy53 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:18 PM

    Jacob Coker did a phenomenal job battling Winston for the job. The people who refuse to believe that this was an honest competition weren’t really paying attention to what was happening in Tallahassee.

    burm61: You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. You obviously haven’t been paying attention to football recently–FSU had the #2 defense in the NCAA last year, and a top 20 offense. Conversely, Pitt has a mediocre defense at best, and a pitiful offense.

  5. mediocrebob says: Aug 23, 2013 8:28 PM

    I get it. PITTiful offense.

  6. fiverings37 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:36 PM

    you s$%^ Burm.

  7. chicagocane says: Aug 24, 2013 12:22 AM

    and every year they fail to live up to expectations by losing games they shouldn’t.

  8. barbeaux says: Aug 24, 2013 12:43 AM

    If “While Fisher has kept his QB cards close to the vest, the move is far from surprising” then why the headline starting with “Shocker?” You people have no integrity, morals nor ethics anymore.

  9. jimmy53 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:45 AM

    Chicagocane: I’m not sure a Cane fan has any business talking about living up to expectations.
    How many ACC championships have the Canes won?? Oh, that’s right—-ZERO.

    Just sit back, stay quiet, and let the adults talk.

  10. wustlumdnj says: Aug 24, 2013 5:47 AM

    Jimmy53 – why is ACC titles the end-all-be-all marker here? At least Thug U won a national championship this millennium before moving to the most consistently disappointing conference of the BCS era. They’ve done well to blend in with the mediocrity around them.

  11. chicagocane says: Aug 24, 2013 8:13 AM

    jimmy53. Actually Canes fans haven’t had expectations to live up to in a long time unfortunately.
    Your problem as Noles fans is that you guys think you are truly one of the adults right now and you are so wrong. No team with so much hype has consistently shit the bed and watched another expected run at a title get derailed by losing to mid tier ACC teams.
    So enjoy ur time with the adults but know that the REAL adults at ur table all laugh at you.

  12. theallegedone says: Aug 24, 2013 3:06 PM

    I love watching Miami fans talk. They’re like Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears & San Francisco 49ers fans… all of their stories lead back to the 80′s & 90′s. You’re not at the adult table anymore Miami. You’re not even at the kiddie table. You don’t even get an invite anymore. And I’m not even an FSU fan.

  13. necr0philia says: Aug 24, 2013 6:10 PM

    It’s funny how this QB topic became a Miami vs Wide right conversation! Football season must be around the corner and I can’t wait!

  14. chicagocane says: Aug 24, 2013 9:46 PM

    oh trust me I know… and nowhere did I refer to the old days. My comment was about FSU thinking they’re way better than they are. When u recruit that well and are preseason favorites you gotta do more than beat NIU in a bowl game.
    Jimbo is the new Ron Zook!

  15. sillec28 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:45 AM

    Seems like every time in recent years FSU gets a new QB he’s always going to be be the guy who finally takes FSU back to their glory days. And it never seems to quite work out. Manuel, McFadden, Lee, Rix – none of them lived up to the predictions made for them (Manuel was a good QB, just not quite the savior he was supposed to be, the others weren’t even close). Weinke was the last really outstanding QB FSU has had and before him it was Charlie Ward. That’s about it. Winston may be great, certainly FSU’s schedule gives him every chance. But I’ll wait to see him play in real games against real defenses (not that FSU faces many) before forming an opinion.

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