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In each of the last three seasons, there has been a dynamic dual-threat quarterback who captured the attention of the college football world. In 2010, it was Cam Newton at Auburn. In 2011, it was Robert Griffin III at Baylor. Then last season, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel became the sport's new rock star.
This year, Florida State's Jameis Winston has kept that trend going, as he's become the biggest breakout star of the 2013 season.
After sitting for a year and watching EJ Manuel guide the Seminoles to an ACC championship in 2012, Winston has taken the offensive reigns this season and proven to be the perfect playmaker to lead Jimbo Fisher's offensive attack.
"Famous Jameis" has completed 69 percent of his passes, averaged more than 11 yards per throw and totaled 35 touchdowns. He's emerged as the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and he's led the undefeated Seminoles into position to make their first national championship game appearance since the 2001 Orange Bowl.
Obviously, the ongoing investigation into sexual battery accusations levied against Winston has dramatically altered the discourse surrounding Winston's 2013 season. However, if you're just judging the charismatic and captivating signal-caller by his on-field performance, there's not another freshman player in the country who can even compare to him.
Newton, RGIII and Manziel all went on to win the Heisman Trophy during their breakout campaigns. It will be very interesting to see if Winston can do the same.