January 19, 2014

Jameis Winston's top five moments of 2013

Jameis Winston had no shortage of magical moments during his first season under center for FSU. We broke down the most remarkable moments he had and tried to pick out the best. Here are the best five moments from Winston this season in our opinion, with video links. Remember these?

5. >Blocking for the Back

By the time Florida State played Syracuse, Winston had established himself as one of the finest quarterbacks in the country and a frontrunner for the Heisman. He finished with 277 yards and two touchdowns against the Orange, but his most impressive play came on a pitch to Levonte Whitfield. Winston gave the ball to the freshman, who bounced into the right side of the offensive line before reversing field. He found himself with one man to beat 40 yards downfield after breaking through the secondary. That's when Winston arrived, sprinting after his teammate to throw a block that gave him a clear path on the 78-yard touchdown run.

4.>Duke Dive - Dec. 7, 2013
Winston never broke a run longer than 20 yards this season despite his tremendous athleticism. After a slow start in the ACC Championship Game against Duke, the Seminoles had taken a 31-0 lead late in the third quarter. Winston had already thrown three touchdown passes, but he'd make one final score without the help of his receivers. He faked a handoff to Karlos Williams, then rolled left from the 17 yard line. He was just about out of space when he approached the end zone, but leapt over two Blue Devils for a score. FSU took a 38-0 lead on the way to a 45-7 lead.

3. > Mashing Maryland - Oct. 5, 2013
Florida State had already entrenched itself as a national championship contender when the Terrapins came to Tallahassee in October. But the 63-0 dismantling of Maryland, then 4-0 and ranked No. 25, showed just how devastating Winston and the Seminoles could be. He passed for 393 yards and five touchdowns, both career highs at the time. Winston's dominance was most clearly exemplified by throwing a defender off his back, rolling out of the pocket and hitting Nick O'Leary for a touchdown in the second quarter.

2. The Pitt streak
After imagining what Winston's potential could be for months, the freshman proved what he was capable of in a matter of minutes. He completed his first 11 passes for 151 yards, with his first incompletion coming midway through the second quarter. His final stat line was sublime: 25 of 27 passing for 356 yards and four touchdowns to go with 25 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Winston was immediately vaulted into the national spotlight and the Heisman conversation.

1. The Heave against Boston College - Sept. 28, 2013
Winston and the 'Noles had fallen behind 17-3 in the second quarter against Boston College, but scored two quick touchdowns to even the score. It looked like that tie would carry into halftime, but Winston had other plans. In one of his most impressive single plays of the season, he evaded two defenders who nearly brought him down for a sack, then planted and threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw with another defender in his face. FSU never trailed from there, closing out a 48-34 win in the second half.

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