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.