On Friday August 23rd Jimbo Fisher confirmed what had long been speculated. Redshirt freshman Jameis Winston was officially named the Florida State Seminole’s starting quarterback.
For most football players this would be viewed as a huge achievement, starting as a redshirt freshman at one of the most prestigious football schools in the country. But not for Jameis Winston, the former number one quarterback recruit in the country according to ESPN. Winston was expected to come in and compete for the starting job after first round pick EJ Manuel graduated last spring.
But now it appears that the expectations are rising again. Vegas odds makers listed Winston, who has not taken a snap yet at the college level, at 35-1 odds to win the Heisman,better odds then returning star players such as Georgia running back Todd Gurley(50-1) and UCLA quarterback Brett Hudley(50-1).
One could attribute the rising expectations to Johnny Manziel, a relatively unheralded recruit compared to that of Winston. Winston commented on the potential media attention he could receive at FSU’s media saying, “If I ever get Manziel disease I want all of you to smack me on the head with your microphones.” It seems that Winston, who also plays for the Florida State baseball team , is aware of the potential scrutiny he could face in addition to the level of expectations that have been placed upon him. After the whirlwind off-season that Manziel has had, maybe Winston can become the anti Johnny. A mature, humble and immensely talented quarterback.