Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Heisman for Jameis Winston

I've been watching Jameis play all year.  In the first half of the year, he was the most accurate passer I've ever seen.  Going into the fourth game of the season, the popular stat was that he had more touchdowns than incompletions!  In the latter part of the season he at least showed himself mortal by throwing a few interceptions, but still maintained the highest QBR in the country.  Here's a montage of Jameis Winston photos from the past year.  Click on the links to see more photos from the individual games.

Did you know Jameis is a two sport athlete at FSU?  Here he is wearing the 44 of Hammerin' Hank Aaron, pitching in relief against Georgia Tech last spring.


I don't think anyone had a clue during the 2013 Spring game that Jameis would be sitting on a New York stage in eight short months.



The clues starting coming in the first game of the season, Pitt on Monday Night Football.  Winston was scary accurate in his passing, and incredibly athletic, here out front blocking for Devonte Freeman.


In the first home game of the year against Nevada, Jameis had to prove that Pitt was no accident.  He did that and then some.


Against Bethune Cookman, people started noticing Winston's easy-going personality, and he continued his unbelievable completion percentage streak to start the year.


The foot didn't come off the accelerator against Maryland.  The Noles string of lopsided victories continued in dramatic fashion with a huge shutout of the Terps.


Everyone was interested to see how Jameis would hold up against a top 10 opponent.  Clemson was up next and drew the ESPN College Gameday show to Clemson, SC.  Even with Lee Corso picking FSU, I don't think anyone anticipated the outcome of this game!  Here's Winston warming up against a backdrop of Clemson orange.


After Clemson, the Noles looked for revenge from last year's loss to NC State.  They got it handily.



Next up was much vaunted (at the time) Miami, and the bitter rivalry that always accompanies playing the Hurricanes.  Once again, Lee Corso and company came for the pregame show.  The national press really started taking notice of Jameis along about this time, and for good reason.  Winston's stats through this point in the season were absolutely obscene!


Wake Forest didn't prove to be much of a test as Winston continued to dominate the ACC, and the country.


FSU wrapped up their ACC schedule at home against Syracuse in what was a now expected rout.  The fans were really taking a shining to Winston by this time, for obvious reasons, and Jameis dutifully signed autographs after each game until the Sports Information guys drug him off the field for his post-game interviews.


Winston directed the Noles to a Senior Day win over Idaho in the last home game of the season. 


In another grudge match to make up for a Gator win the previous year, FSU proved too much for the hapless 2013 Gators. Winston may never know a loss to any of his instate rivalries.


The Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game started out pretty close, but the Blue Devils just couldn't hang with the Noles after a quarter and half of football with Winston at the helm.  In the end, it was yet another one-sided affair with Jameis hoisting the ACC trophy at the end of the game.



A post BCS Championship update...

Jameis' dream season came to a dream end on January 6th in Pasadena.  What better way to cap off a perfect Hesiman year than with a last minute 80 yard drive to win the National Championship in dramatic fashion with 16 seconds left in the game?  What a year!  Here's the post-game celebration hug with Coach Fisher.  Amazing!





Congrats on a fantastic season Jameis!

See much more at wlpearce.com, where it's all about the pictures.

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