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Jameis Winston makes Heisman statement against Clemson

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Johnny Manziel made history last season, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

There’s a chance he may not be the only one.

Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston staked his claim to the Heisman on Saturday night, throwing for 444 yards and three touchdowns (plus another on the ground) to lead the No. 5 Seminoles to a 51-14 shellacking of No. 3 Clemson in Death Valley.

How good has Winston been this year? Through six games, he has 1,885 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns (plus another three rushing touchdowns), 3 interceptions, a 71 percent completion percentage and a passer rating of 210.  That’s some pretty amazing stuff for a guy who is just getting his feet wet.

More importantly, his production has helped Florida State harken back to some of its past glory. This is easily the Seminoles’ best team since 2000, which was also the last time FSU had a Heisman winner (Chris Weinke) and landed a berth in the BCS title game.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, there’s still a long way to go this season. The ‘Noles still must play Miami, rival Florida and whoever it happens to play in the ACC title game (if it gets there).

And while Winston has been on fire, he’s not yet the favorite in this race. That honor would go to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who is still the player to beat.

But whether he wins or not, Winston has already established himself as a likely Heisman finalist. Before Manziel, the only freshmen to make it as finalists were Michael Vick and Herschel Walker.

That’s pretty good company.

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24 Responses to “Jameis Winston makes Heisman statement against Clemson”
  1. Anoesis says: Oct 20, 2013 12:37 AM

    Wow, Clemson was sure overrated at #3 and got spanked at home.

  2. jimmy53 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:05 AM

    Actually, Anoesis, a very good Clemson team ranked #3 got dominated by a significantly better Florida State team.

    FSU should jump #3 easily, and they were right when they said on air tonight that it’s a big drop-off from #3 to the teams ranked lower. I really hope this season doesn’t end up with more than 3 undefeated teams, Effin’ BCS….

  3. jimbo75025 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:09 AM

    If FSU stays undefeated and Winston keeps it up, I see him overtaking Mariota pretty easily before the season is over. Oregon simply gets little coverage in the east coast and midwest.

  4. mogogo1 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:12 AM

    I like Clemson but that is the sort of loss that can stick with a team for a long time. Humiliating loss at home to a team they looked to be better than. Gotta show some pride at home.

  5. irishdodger says: Oct 20, 2013 2:09 AM

    Winston is the real deal & a QB that other teams’ fans can only dream of. Right now, it’s Mariotta & Winston for the Heisman but there’s lots more to be said about that going forward. Time zone & lack of national prime time airings of Oregon games likely hurts Mariotta’s chances.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Oct 20, 2013 2:12 AM

    mogogo1 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 1:12 AM
    I like Clemson but that is the sort of loss that can stick with a team for a long time. Humiliating loss at home to a team they looked to be better than. Gotta show some pride at home
    ——
    Actually, it looked to me like Clemson put too much energy into the for lack of a better word spectacle of their arrival. They used up their adrenaline in that while FSU simply walked out and started playing. Maybe just me, but seemed like by the time Clemson got their second wind, the game was all but over in every aspect except the clock.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:23 AM

    I knew the “Clemson was overrated” stuff would start if FSU won. But let FSU lose and the old tired nonsense from last decade would have been spewed by the very same people SMH.

  8. tg1896 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:30 AM

    Mr. Wright – what football planet do you live on? On this one, losing at home – 51-14 – to a lower ranked team qualifies you as “overrated” every single time.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Oct 20, 2013 9:03 AM

    It just seemed like Clemson did not have a game plan at all for this game. They came out and fumbled immediately. Tajh couldn’t hit a sideline pass to save his life. FSU kept running slants while Clemson refused to move out of zone coverage and they abused us with them all night. Just nothing good to say about Clemson in this one.

  10. floridacock says: Oct 20, 2013 9:29 AM

    Clemson is predictable. Any good defense, that hits Boyd in the mouth, will beat them every time. He rattles very easily which does not bode well for his NFL career. Their marquee win, Georgia, was playing an inexperienced defense that could not get to Boyd. They have not played anyone else. Clemson will win the next few games, IF Boyd pulls it together mentally, but they have no chance in Columbia end of year.

  11. classyjacklambert says: Oct 20, 2013 9:44 AM

    LOL Yeah because the gamecocks have so many marquee wins this year. How’d that game against unranked Tennessee go yesterday?

  12. teambringitstrong says: Oct 20, 2013 9:57 AM

    I disagree with the coverage lacking from the midwest and east coast. Thankfully, the votes that matter come from former winners who KNOW both players and not ‘fans’ who have regional biases or may not know where Oregon is.
    In any event, I want Mariota as I don’t want Winston caught up in the Heisman circuit or circus.

  13. smarttblog says: Oct 20, 2013 10:04 AM

    Wow, everyone FSU played so far was considered to be weak opponents and if we beat Clemson that was the real test. Now that we passed that we passed that test people want to say Clemson was overrated. Hilarious.

  14. smarttblog says: Oct 20, 2013 10:25 AM

    Also, kind of weird that with all that noise in Death Valley, the home team seemed to be more rattled.

  15. hayespanther31 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    Clemson way to show up for the biggest game of the year at home against a freshman qb. They got a can of you know what opened up on them. Embarrassing is what should be said here.

  16. geodude11 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    Nobody has stepped away from the crowd to represent a legitimate Heisman candidate. Instead of settling and just “awarding” it to someone like last year, why don’t they hold off until somebody earns it, or wait till next year.

  17. sillec28 says: Oct 20, 2013 2:28 PM

    No chance – none, nada, nyet – that Miami or Florida beats FSU. Florida held Miami to almost no offense after the first quarter and outplayed them in every stat that counts except the most important one. And for Florida, has anyone looked at their offensive stats? The only real question for FSU is whether it can jump Oregon if both teams win out.

  18. tmac4454 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:19 PM

    As a true Nole fan, I just knew that Boyd was going to have a great game. I just did not see this coming, Boyd and the Tigers seemed to put too much of their energy toward the pregame show. My Noles played their a** off and I am very excited that they got Winston instead of keeping the lil thin coach’s son. Looking forward to getting that revenge on NC State. Go Noles….

  19. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 20, 2013 3:23 PM

    Based on their showing yesterday, FSU vs Oregon would be a pretty good game. Baseod on multiple other showings, FSU would get stomped.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:26 PM

    skwackquackwoof says: Oct 20, 2013 3:23 PM

    Based on their showing yesterday, FSU vs Oregon would be a pretty good game. Baseod on multiple other showings, FSU would get stomped.
    ————-
    Not based on ANY showing this year would FSU get stomped, or even lose to anyone.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 20, 2013 4:09 PM

    Was not expecting that…. at all!!!

    Sorry Mariota…. Winston is my new Heisman winner.

    Dude is just NAILS!

    And sorry Ohio St. But FSU should be #3 today… if not #2…

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 20, 2013 4:13 PM

    geodude11 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    Nobody has stepped away from the crowd to represent a legitimate Heisman candidate. Instead of settling and just “awarding” it to someone like last year, why don’t they hold off until somebody earns it, or wait till next year.
    _____________________________

    That’s a terrible take.

    Basically you’re asking for 1 guy to play outstanding and everyone else play mediocre so the choice is easy…. I’d MUCH rather see multiple guys playing at VERY high levels like we have this year and have the decision be very difficult.

    Mariota playing outstanding
    Manziel, despite the loss, is playing outstanding
    Winston might be playing better than all of them

  23. jets12 says: Oct 20, 2013 4:53 PM

    Clemson does the same thing every year it seems. All hype and very little substance. They have a head coach that appears to be nothing more than a cheerleader and part time TV evangelist. When he loses his OC after this year we will see if that “clemson” offense is still in play. But as far as that goes it was no where to be found last night.

  24. grudenthediva says: Oct 20, 2013 7:04 PM

    “Also, kind of weird that with all that noise in Death Valley, the home team seemed to be more rattled.”

    They probably weren’t used to all that extra crowd noise being pumped in over the speakers.

    Been to Death Valley. Been to a ton of games in The Swamp. The latter experience far surpasses anything you’ll ever hear in the orange litter box.

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