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First, a disclaimer.
Jameis Winston hasn't taken a single snap in a real college football game. The freshman from Hueytown hasn't even won the job as Florida State's starting quarterback, or if he has, head coach Jimbo Fisher hasn't made that decision public.
Now, with that out of the way, is it still over the top to suggest that Winston's legend grew three sizes Saturday in the FSU spring game?
Four quarterbacks are supposedly competing for the job to succeed EJ Manuel, but only one of them took all of his snaps with the first-team offense against the first-team defense in the Garnet and Gold Game.
That was Winston.
None of the other quarterbacks led a single touchdown drive against the first-team defense. In five possessions, Winston's offense scored three touchdowns and missed a field goal.
His first pass of the day resulted in a 58-yard touchdown. He finished 12 of 15 for 205 yards with two TD passes.
Oh, and when he was done, he changed uniforms, walked down the street to the FSU baseball stadium and went 1 for 2 as the DH in the second game of a double-header against Duke.
Matt Scott wasn't in Tallahassee on Saturday, but Winston's head football coach at Hueytown High School didn't have to be.
He's seen this kind of thing from his star pupil before.
Former Hueytown quarterback stars in the spring game for the Seminoles while also playing on the FSU baseball team.
Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.
Winston is a type of kid that other recruits will flock to.
Who is Jameis Winston? I have never heard of him.
Football season needs to get here fast
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I respect your opinion, but I really don't believe he'll have any bad games. I know that is saying a lot about a redshirt freshman, but I think he is as mature as any senior QB in the NCAA. I don't think any defense we play will be good enough to stop him. His toughest test will be the UF, and I don't think they'll be as good as last year. I'm seeing nothing but positives with Jameis
You are setting yourself up for disappointment. What QB, on any level, never has a bad performance?
Maybe I am, but with the defenses we will play against I don't see him having just a flat out bad game this year. Maybe an iffy game as he mentioned, but not just flat out bad. Like you said though, I may just be setting my self up for a disappointment. I just think very highly of him as you can obviously see.
I love your enthusiasm but what I described was basically EJ Manuel's RSr year. If he's better as a RFr than EJM was as a RSr then we are about to explode.
Fair enough. I just hate when fans have unrealistic expectations, then crucify the player based on said expectations. He will have growing pains that all QB's go through. The great thing about him is he seems like the type that 1 mistake won't turn into 2 or 3.
That's just foolish. Even the greatest have bad games. But for some strange reason, you think Jameis is going to ball out all season because he had a great spring game. Remember it was just a spring game....no contact.
He is going to have bad games, johnny Football had bad games last yr...it happens, expect it.
Charlie was border line awful his first year and a heisman winner his second. There will be some bumps for Jamies his first year. He's good, I'm more interested to see just how good.
/\ This is telling truth to power. ALL of them have an off day. It's how they bounce back that matters, and how their supporting cast steps up at that time.
I think this could have the Johnny Manzeil affect here in Tally. Look at the recruits they had show interest after his year and the Heisman. The question is will he have the same season or better? I am sure hoping he can do it all. I truly think he is going to be tough to stop.
I'm still thinking of that first laser he threw. That was an NFL throw. That's all I have to add. Think I'll go watch it again tonight.
It's not just off of the spring game as you assume. It's from all of the practices that I've heard he has done so well plus the spring game. If he can move the ball like that on our D even though it was just basic compared to what we'll see in the regular season, then he can move it against any D we will see this year. And for whoever it was that said they don't like when fans put high expectations on players then get angry or whatever when they don't live up, I'm not that kind of fan. I had high expectations for E.J. coming into this year and he didn't live up to what I was hoping. I still thought he was a good solid QB for us just inconsistent. This is just my opinion and if you don't like it then I honestly do not care at all lol I just know how great Jameis can be
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