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Winston has put his body on the line all season for the Seminoles.
Team W-L: 13-0
Season Stats: 67.9 CMP%, 3,820 YDS, 38 TDS, 10 INTS, 190.1 RAT, 77 CAR, 193 YDS, 4 TDS
The Seminoles wouldn’t be having the success they’re having in 2013 if it wasn’t for quarterback Jameis Winston.
From Week 1, he has been hurdling every obstacle thrown in his path. Thus far, Winston leads the nation in passer rating and yards per attempt.
Displaying poise and leadership beyond his years, it’s hard to believe he is just a redshirt freshman.
Thanks to Winston’s contributions, Florida State heads into next month’s BCS title game as the only undefeated squad in the nation.
Why He Deserves to Win
There’s no doubt that Winston has been the most consistent candidate throughout the season.
He started his season by throwing more touchdown passes (six) than incompletions (five) over his first two games. Then Winston added three dominating victories over Top 25 opposition—63-0 over then-No. 25 Maryland, 51-14 over then-No. 3 Clemson and 41-14 over then-No. 7 Miami.
He capped it all off with a 330-yard, four-touchdown performance that netted the Seminoles their second straight ACC title, topping then-No. 20 Duke, 45-7.
What more could Winston possibly do?
Why He Won’t Win It
Honestly, there is really no reason why the Bessemer, Ala., native doesn’t deserve the Heisman.
His worst performance was arguably on the road against Wake Forest on Nov. 9. Winston threw for just 159 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 17-of-28 passing for a season-low rating of 124.8.
Then again, he didn’t play most of the second half, and Florida State won the game 59-3.
You can’t fault Winston on his team’s overall dominating performance.
What They’re Saying
Head coach Jimbo Fisher said about Winston (via the Orlando Sentinel's Brendan Sonnone):
I think when you talk about Heisman you talk about great players. I define great players like this: it's a great performance over a long period of time and the consistency which you play with, and I think that's the thing that he has done from start to finish.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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