Jameis Winston named FSU starting quarterback

For the first time in three years, Florida State embarks on a season without EJ Manuel listed as the starting quarterback.  Earlier this week, Seminole head coach Jimbo Fisher named redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston as the week one starter after a heated spring and camp position battle with redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker.The quarterback competition to select the starting signal-caller proved to Fisher that he couldn’t make the wrong decision, so to speak, as both guys had proved their worth.

It was Winston’s dominant performance in the Florida State spring game that ultimately earned him the starting role. He went 12 for 15 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. The decision was one that has huge implications for the Seminoles’ future, as well. Fisher is fully aware that putting a freshman quarterback on the field to start the season has its pitfalls, but he also remembers Manuel put in the same situation when Christian Ponder went down with an injury four years ago.

The learning curve is what Fisher is most interested in checking out with his new starting quarterback. Several reports indicate that Winston’s maturity has developed rapidly, and he is prepared for the challenge of heading an ACC offense already. Fisher is eager to find out what his quarterback can do on Saturday as Florida State takes on Pittsburgh in the Panthers’ first ACC matchup as a member of the conference. With a conference matchup to begin Winston’s career, Fisher is looking for his signal-caller to rely more heavily on his older teammates to help guide the way, as nerves are to be expected.

“You have to depend on your veterans no doubt,” Fisher said on an ACC coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday. “When there’s opportunities for him to make plays, he’s got to be able to do it. He’s got to manage the game and take care of the ball. He’s got to do all those things. If he gets the opportunity, he has to take advantage of it. If not, he has to be smart with the football.”

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4 thoughts on “Jameis Winston named FSU starting quarterback

  1. connorriley

    After Winston’s performance this weekend, its easy to see why the announcement was important. Including the quote from Fisher was also good. I would have mentioned the backup, Jacob Coker, and his numbers in the spring game. I feel as though the column was on the quarterback competition, and not solely on Winston

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  2. Kristin Hiller

    I thought this was written really well, and liked how you put the research in about how Winston earned his starting position. I liked the second link you included, as I thought the commentary from Winston’s dad was interesting.

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  3. tanyasic

    I think this was a well developed post given the word count. It flows in a chronological manner which makes it easy to follow the important events that led up to this decision. The quote that you ended on was a good choice in my opinion. It is a good way to conclude the post while still leaving the topic open for future discussion. I find it interesting to read this post after last night’s game, I’m sure Jimbo has no regrets as of now!

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  4. Savannah Brock

    I like how you gave background information of how he played during the spring game. It gave an insight to how he will perform during the upcoming season. I also liked the links you included. I enjoyed being able to go and read the other articles that pertain to this story. I will say that maybe you should make the link names a little shorter, but otherwise great job!

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