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ELOOnline : Jameis Winston

I have covered many Pro and College athletes over my time and I never been more impressed by an athlete like I was by Jameis Winston. On the field talents speaks for itself. It's the off the field intangibles that blew me away. Winston is a red-shirt freshman. He does not act like one. He acts like a senior leader on the team. Veterans on the Noles team listen to everything he says in the lockeroom.

Jameis Winston overcomes early mistakes to lead FSU past Miami.

Winston is having a Heisman type season as a freshman and is on his way to having the best season ever by any Noles first year QB. Here below is how other Seminole Quarterbacks did in first season as a starter. Former Seminole QB and current ESPN College Football Anaylst Danny Kannel as well as Miami Hurricane Radio Voice Joe Zagacki said Winston has a chance to be the greatest Quarterback to ever come out of Tallahassee. So far he is on track for that.

Winston's current stats after 8 starts.

Completion Attempts % Yards TD INT

149 212 72.4 2,502 24 6

Florida State Quarterback Stats - First Year as a Starter
Yr Comp Att % Yds TD INT
Casey Weldon 1991 189 313 60.4 2,527 22 8
Charlie Ward 1992 204 365 55.9 2,647 22 17
Danny Kanell 1994 227 380 59.7 2,781 17 13
Chris Weinke 1998 145 286 50.7 2,487 19 6
Chris Rix 2001 165 286 57.7 2,734 24 13
Christian Ponder 2008 177 318 55.7 2,006 14 13
E.J.Manuel 2011 203 311 65.3 2,666 18 8

Remember only Rix started as a freshman. Weldon was a Junior and took over for Brad Johnson during the 1990 season. Ward and Kannell were both juniors in first season a starter. Manuel was a sophomore when he started the season as a starter in 2011.

Winston in his first year has a chance to have the best season of any Seminole Quarterback in program history.

Winston's On Pace for.

Completion Attempts % Yards TD INT

223 318 72.4 3,753 36 9

Florida State Quarterback Stats - BEST Year as Starter
Yr Comp Att % Yds TD INT
Casey Weldon 1991 189 313 60.4 2,527 22 8
Charlie Ward 1993 264 380 69.5 3,032 27 4
Danny Kanell 1995 257 402 63.9 2,957 32 13
Chris Weinke 2000 266 431 61.7 4,167 33 11
Chris Rix 2003 216 382 56.5 3,107 23 13
Christian Ponder 2009 227 330 68.8 2,717 14 7
EJ Manuel 2012 263 387 68.0 3,397 23 10

Ward won the Heisman Trophy in 1993, Weinke won the Heisman in 2000. Both won it as a senior. The Sunshine state has gone through some great Quarterbacks who dominated the state, But only Charlie Ward-(FSU) 1992-1993, Danny Wuerffel (UF) 1993-1996, Chris Weinke (1998-2000), Tim Tebow Florida (2006-2009) won the Heisman Trophy and a National Title during their time . Jameis Winston hopes to join that list this year. We are all now at the start of the "Famous" Jameis Winston Era. What is scary for everyone else in the state and in the country? Jameis Winston best football is still ahead of him.

Here is Winston's thoughts following the win over Miami

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxuBHAZwrNQ



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