There's a path to follow, but defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. can be an important piece to Winston winning another Heisman.
Florida State beat opponents last year by an average of just under 40 points per game. The Seminoles had the second-best scoring offense (51.6 points per game), but it was anchored by the best scoring defense in the country (12.1 points per game).
If your defense can stop everything and anything thrown at them, it makes the offense's job a lot easier. The best way to stop an opposing offense is to win the first-down battle. That's where Edwards (along with the rest of Florida State's defensive line) comes in.
Edwards finished with 9.5 tackles for loss last season and 3.5 sacks, good for second and third on the team, respectively. If he can boost those numbers this season, Florida State should still be a force up front.
Play-calling on offense gets a lot easier and more creative when there's confidence the defense won't yield. That's how Winston will put up Heisman-like numbers again in 2014.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All stats courtesy of cfbstats.com.