Here are a few thoughts and notes about Florida State football and recruiting.
Jameis Winston's stats are eye-popping.
• Florida State is on pace to play 14 games this season, so here is a look at what the offensive output of a few Seminoles would be after the Florida State bowl game if they continue along at their current per game averages:
QB Jameis Winston: 4,398 passing yards, 47 passing touchdowns; 4,718 total yards, 54 total touchdowns
Winston would surpass Weinke’s 2000 record of 4,167 yards in a season. He would also destroy his season record for touchdown passes, which is 33 in 2000. In fact, 47 passing touchdowns would be good enough to tie EJ Manuel’s career total for sixth all-time by a quarterback in a Seminole uniform.
RB Devonta Freeman: 1,095 rushing yards, 9 touchdowns
Only five Seminoles have ever rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season. Nobody has done it since Warrick Dunn in 1996. A total of 1,095 rushing yards on the season would be the sixth best individual player output in a single season ever at FSU.
1995 marks the only season Florida State has ever had two receivers eclipse 1,000 yards in the same season. The last Seminole to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season was Anquan Boldin in 2002. Greene’s pace would be good for third-best single-season receiving output by a Seminole while Shaw’s would place him at fifth-best single-season performance. Greene’s 16 potential touchdown receptions in a season would be a new single-season record at FSU, eclipsing Andre Cooper’s mark of 15 in 1995.
• Florida State’s current offensive output compares very well with the 1999 National Championship team.
FSU offensive output is incredible through six games.
The National Championship team averaged 37.5 points per game while this team is averaging 53.2 points per game.
That team, led by quarterback Chris Weinke, averaged 302.9 passing yards per game. This year’s team, led by Heisman contender Jameis Winston, is averaging 341.3 passing yards per game.
The ground game for today’s Seminoles is averaging 210.3 yards per game compared to the ’99 team that averaged 123.5 yards per game.
Overall offensive output for this team is 125.3 yards greater per game than the ’99 team.
While there is no denying that football at all levels has become tilted towards more offensive output due to rule changes, the increases are very impressive nonetheless.
• I’m not big on telling people what to do with their hard-earned money, but I am going to do it at least this one time. Fill up Doak S. Campbell Stadium on Saturday.
Show your support for what Florida State did on Saturday, a win for the ages over a top-ranked opponent. A clear statement of a return to national prominence.
Show your support for the fact that head coach Jimbo Fisher has rebuilt this program into a National Championship contender. Just shy of 50 games into his head coaching career, Fisher has built a roster that is loaded with talent and shown the ability to learn on the job.
Finally, show your support for the man that led this school to two National Championships and countless other significant victories in building a Dynasty as Bobby Bowden returns to the field that is named after him.
Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. on what should be a beautiful day in late October. Spend it with 82,300 of your closest friends.
• One other record that could fall this weekend. No Seminole quarterback has ever recorded more than three consecutive 300-yard passing games.
Winston enters Saturday’s game with three consecutive 300-yard performances. Only six quarterbacks have ever put together three consecutive 300-yard passing games for Florida State.
It would also mark Winston’s fifth career 300-yard passing game. That would tie him for 9th all-time in career 300-yard passing games by Seminole quarterbacks.
• We will have a lot on recruiting throughout the week, but wanted to mention it here as well. Plain and simple, Saturday night’s performance before a national television audience has made Florida State extremely popular with top-tier prospects. Standout offensive players want to be part of the high-powered, ultra-productive offense and defensive prospects love how the Seminoles fly around to the ball. Florida State has become an ‘It’ team in the matter of just six games.
Need proof, follow some of the best prospects in the nation on Twitter, and look how they are abuzz following Saturday:
Malachi Dupre @MalachiDupre
@Jaboowins is a monster
Frank Ragnow @KNARFWONGAR
FSU looks real good........... #wow
Fruit PUNCH @marlon_humphrey
" These corners from Florida state have shut down all these receivers " - Lee Corso
Kerryon Johnson @AyeyoKEJO
Clemson you cannot contend with the big boys
This is just a small sample of how Florida State has grabbed the attention of some top-tier players. Many of those will be on the sideline over the next two weekends.