Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is a virtual lock for the Heisman Trophy and has the Seminoles back in the BCS Championship Game for the first time in 13 years.
While the 6'4", 228-pounder has been nothing short of sensational from the moment he entered the huddle, FSU is loaded with future pros on both sides of the ball—special teams, too—and arguably has as much talent and depth as any program in the country. Nevertheless, it's Winston who has been the catalyst, orchestrating coach Jimbo Fisher's high-powered offense to near perfection and also allowing the defense to play with a sizable lead game after game.
Nobody can deny the fact that Winston's predecessor, current Buffalo Bills signal caller EJ Manuel, was a terrific college QB in his own right. But even though Manuel went on to be a first-round pick and appears to have a bright future under center in the professional ranks, he exited Tallahassee having never truly lived up to his potential at the game's most important position.
Winston, on the other hand, is already being hyped as the possible No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, plus he's going to help a handful of his fellow 'Noles make a lot of money at the next level, too.
These 10 Florida Staters in particular have benefited the most since Winston took over for Manuel and put the Seminoles back among the Saturday elite.