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Florida State: 5 Things Jameis Winston Can Improve This Offseason
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It's difficult to imagine what Jameis Winston can do for an encore in 2014, as his 2013 was arguably the single greatest campaign ever put together by a Florida State quarterback.

Individually, he led the country in passer efficiency rating (184.9) and set FBS records for passing yards (4,057) and passing touchdowns (40) for a freshman, which resulted in him winning the Heisman Trophy by a wide margin. As a team, the Seminoles went 14-0, romped through the ACC and captured the program's third national championship, with Winston throwing the game-winning TD pass in the final minute of the BCS title game.

Were he eligible for the NFL draft in May, a convincing case can be made that the 6'4", 228-pounder would be selected No.1 overall ahead of more experienced QB prospects Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.

Nevertheless, six Heisman-winning signal-callers returned to school after taking home college football's most prestigious honor (Ty Detmer, Jason White, Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and the aforementioned Manziel), and not one finished better than third the next year. Most of them, as a matter of fact, underperformed the following season—either individually, as a team or both—and nobody from that list went on to become a difference-maker in the pros.

While criticizing Winston's on-the-field performance is nitpicking to say the least, here are five things the Hueytown (Ala.) High School product can do to become all the more unstoppable under center.

 

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