It’s hard to think of any freshman quarterback in college football history who’s gotten off to a better start than Florida State’s Jameis Winston.
Even Johnny Manziel had some off games last season when he won the Heisman Trophy.
But not Winston this year.
Through seven games, the wunderkind hasn’t had a single rough patch. His worst game when it comes to NCAA passer rating? Against Bethune-Cookman, when his rating was “just” 152.80. Every other game has been in the stratosphere, with at least a 186 rating or better.
But the first half against Miami has been a different story. Winston is nine of 15 for 161 yards and a touchdown, but he threw two interceptions that led directly to two Hurricanes touchdowns.
As a result, Florida State leads Miami, 21-14 at the half in a game it would otherwise be dominating.
Winston is doing more on the ground than usual, gaining 33 yards on four scrambles, but this is the first time he’s seen adversity in the passing game.
How he responds to this adversity in the second half will determine a lot: His chances of winning the Heisman and, ultimately, FSU’s BCS title hopes.