Jameis Winston's Updated 2013 Heisman Outlook After Win over Clemson

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 20, 2013

With the Florida State Seminoles' huge 51-14 win over the Clemson Tigers, Jameis Winston has put himself on top of the Heisman race.

It was a monster game for Winston, throwing for a career-high 444 yards along with four total touchdowns and an interception in the win.  For the season, Winston has now thrown for 1,885 yards with just three interceptions.  He's also completed over 71 percent of his passes and put up 23 total touchdowns.

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota
PlayerGames PlayedTotal YardsTotal TDsINTComp. %Pass Rating
Jameis Winston62,02223371.3210.4
Marcus Mariota72,54428062.4181.7
ESPN.com

The argument can be made that Marcus Mariota is still in the lead for the Heisman race, and that's fair given his numbers.  He's had 2,150 total yards with 25 total touchdowns and zero interceptions heading into Saturday's game against the Washington State Cougars.

Both quarterbacks have had impressive seasons so far, but Winston has now had more impressive wins.  Granted, the Oregon Ducks were able to beat the Washington Huskies 45-24 last week, but now Florida State has two straight dominating wins over ranked opponents.  It shut out the Maryland Terrapins last week 63-0, who were ranked No. 25 at the time, then took down No. 3 Clemson this week.

Winston may only be a true freshman, but he's arguably the best quarterback in the country.  He makes some great decisions and throws some jaw-dropping passes, and there's no denying that he's currently the top candidate for the Heisman Trophy at the end of the season.

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