Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston led the Florida State Seminoles (12-0, 8-0 ACC) to a 37-7 victory over the Florida Gators Saturday, cementing the team’s unblemished record for the 2013 regular season.
After yet another dominant performance, Winston has locked up the Heisman Trophy.
Jameis Winston over 300 passing yards for the 7th time in 12 games. EJ had 5 300-yard games in his career. Charlie Ward had 6.— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) November 30, 2013
While his numbers weren’t as gaudy as they have been against lesser competition this season, Winston's 327 yards passing, three touchdowns and one interception indicate that he was still the driving force behind his team’s victory on Saturday.
Instead of finding his way to the bench in the fourth quarter, Winston was forced to pad his stats and secure his spot as the top candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
While off-the-field issues have dominated the headlines, Winston’s performance on the field in 2013 should be worthy of winning the Heisman Trophy.
Jameis Winston now the ACC record holder for most passing yardage in a season by a freshman. He passed Drew Weatherford for the record.— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) November 30, 2013
He was facing tough competition in the Heisman race from the likes of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, but tough losses for each of those candidates’ respective teams have added up and discounted their credibility.
Which player deserves to win the Heisman Trophy most?
There should be little question that he was the best player in college football this season.
Not only were Winston's numbers more impressive—he put up 3,490 yards, 35 touchdowns and just eight interceptions while adding another 134 yards and three touchdowns rushing—but he also put those statistics up against the toughest competition in the country.
Add in his program’s undefeated record and potential BCS National Championship berth, and the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner should clearly be Winston.