Jameis Winston Solidifies Heisman Trophy Candidacy vs. Maryland
Jameis Winston compiled some monster numbers during the first four games of his collegiate career. The talented freshman and Florida State were supposed to get their first real challenge from Maryland, but that didn't slow down "Famous Jameis."
By the end of the third quarter, Winston had already racked up nearly 400 yards passing and four touchdowns. He was having no trouble finding weaknesses in a Terrapins defense that entered the game ranked third in the nation in points allowed.
Maryland hadn't allowed more than 21 points in any of its first four games. Florida State had reached that by halftime after Winston connected with Kelvin Benjamin for a touchdown inside the first minute of the second quarter.
It's not supposed to be that easy. Freshman quarterbacks aren't expected to dominate right out of the gate. They normally go through growing pains in the first year before settling in and finally finding a comfort zone somewhere in year two.
Texas A&M superstar Johnny Manziel didn't follow that script en route to winning the Heisman Trophy last season. Now, Winston is following a similar path.
Even though there's an extremely deep quarterback group vying to make an impact on the Heisman race, it's impossible to ignore the rising star at Florida State. He's moving into the conversation alongside Tajh Boyd, Aaron Murray, Marcus Mariota and Manziel, among others.
In two weeks, he'll get another chance to prove he belongs as the Seminoles go up against Boyd and Clemson. A strong showing in that game, which is going to receive a lot of national attention, could move him into the Heisman lead around the season's midway point.
Perhaps a defense will eventually figure out a way to slow him down, but Maryland certainly didn't have the answer.
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