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PLAYERS: Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston shined in his Florida State debut on Monday. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) The Jameis Winston era got underway with a bang on Monday night as the Florida State freshman quarterback’s highly anticipated debut put a resounding exclamation point on an exciting first week of college football. Winston guided Florida State to a 41-13 victory over ACC newcomer Pittsburgh on a night in which Panther great Larry Fitzgerald had his jersey number retired. Winston’s numbers spoke for themselves as the freshman from Hueytown, Alabama finished 25-for-27 passing for 356 yards and four touchdowns in addition to one on the ground. While Winston’s numbers made Monday’s performance the best debut ever for a Florida State signal-caller, his poise, decision making and demeanor were well beyond his years. Despite never taking a collegiate snap before Monday, Winston never forced anything. Even when the Seminoles were down early, Winston played within himself and the system. A dual-threat quarterback, Winston was far from eager to vacate the pocket before it was necessary, one of the major knocks on last season’s starting quarterback and the first quarterback taken in the most recent NFL Draft, E.J. Manuel. Winston instead showcased awareness, poise and the ability to stand in the pocket. On his first of four touchdown passes on Monday, Winston made just a slight step to his left to buy the extra millisecond needed to hit tight end Nick O’Leary for a 24-yard score to cap the first of seven straight scoring drives for Winston and the Seminoles. Winston’s early touchdown toss may have been the first display of the freshman’s poise and awareness, but it wouldn’t be his last. Later in the half, Winston was able to stand in and take a shot while hitting Rashad Greene for 20 yards on a 3rd-and-17 with FSU clinging to just a four-point lead early in the second quarter. On the final drive of the first half for Florida State, Winston once again stood in against Pittsburgh penetration to find Greene for 36 yards after two penalties had put the Seminoles in a 1st-and-30 hole. The two would eventually hook up for a 23-yard score which put Florida State ahead 28-10 at the break. On the few occasions in which Winston was forced to scramble, Winston was much more inclined to keep his vision downfield rather than take off even with open green in front of him. A 42-yard pass to Kenny Shaw on the first play of the second half comes to mind as Winston traded a sure scramble for a first down for an even bigger play to set up Florida State’s first field goal of the night. On the night, Winston completed 20 of his first 21 passes and the only miscue still looked to be a catch when taking a second look on instant replay. Shaw made the grab near the Florida State sideline and appeared to drag a toe early in the second quarter, but the play was never reviewed. Also standing out in Monday’s outstanding performance was the rapport that Winston seemed to have with Florida State’s veteran pass-catchers despite Winston having never taken a collegiate snap. Winston and Rashad Greene not only connected deep for plays of 20, 23 and 36 yards, but how in sync the two were on timing routes made it seem as though they had been playing together for years. Greene finished the night with eight receptions for a team-high 126 yards. Winston also found Shaw, a senior, four times for 94 yards and connected with redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin on five occasions for 73 yards. Winston complete four passes to O’Leary for only 47 yards, but three went for scores. While Winston was better than anyone could have expected in Monday’s 41-13 victory over Pittsburgh, it is only one game. With so many playmakers at the skill positions however, the mystery of what to expect at quarterback for Florida State at the moment is a mystery no more. With the Seminoles’ most difficult games on the schedule being visits to Clemson and Florida along with a November home meeting with Miami, overwhelming experience at the quarterback position once looked to be major advantages for those schools as Clemson and Miami have senior quarterbacks in Tajh Boyd and Stephen Morris while Florida has a very experienced junior in Jeff Driskel. Not only does experience at quarterback now look like less of an advantage for those teams, one has to wonder if the advantage at the position won’t in fact be in favor of the Seminoles.

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  Freshman phenom Jameis Winston has been garnering a ton of hype , after dominating in the Florida State spring game , and displaying his athletic prowess on the field for the FSU baseball team. And in his first career start against Pitt , a Monday Night game in front of the nation ,  Winston […]

In first test, FSU defense helps cause with turnovers

Jameis Winston will surely garner most of the attention after Monday night's win over Pittsburgh. But don't forget about the Florida State defense. And in particular the turnovers, which were key in helping the No. 11 Seminoles pull away in the first half and take a 41-13 victory. In 2012, the Seminoles had 11 interceptions and 10 fumbles recovered. For a defense that was...

Video: FSU QB Jameis Winston introduces himself to America

FSU redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston officially introduced himself to American during Florida State's 41-13 beat down of Pitt to open the season.

Jameis Winston’s First Half Stats Are Absurd, E.J. Manuel Is Loving It

Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is currently giving us one of the greatest debuts in the history of college football. Winston, on the road at Pitt, has completed 17-of-18 pass attempts for 240 yards and three touchdowns, along with rushing for 15 yards and a touchdown on five carries. His former teammate (and current Buffalo Bill) E.J. Manuel is loving...

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Let me start this off by saying that tonight's game is the toughest on Pitt's schedule. Let me also say that tonight's game showed just how far the Panthers have to go before making an impact in the ACC. Finally, I'll say that Florida State has a very good quarterback who is worthy of the hype. Box Score Jameis Winston put on a show tonight at Heinz Field. He completed...

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One thing is for certain after Jameis Winston's electric debut for No. 11 Florida State, his blocking could use some work. Other than that, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is going to have a tough time critiquing his freshman quarterback's performance in Monday night's 41-13 romp over Pittsburgh. He's also going to have a tough time tamping down the hype after Winston...

Jameis Winston Wanted to Play for Texas, Mack Brown Ignored Him

If you were watching Florida State tonight against Pitt, you saw that Jameis Winston had a coming out party. He went 25/27 for 356 yards and 4 TDs, adding a rushing touchdown to boot. To throw some salt on the wound for Texas fans though, it was revealed that Winston dreamed of playing for Texas but Mack Brown ignored him: Winston during recruiting: “I loved Texas. I grew up watching...

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Will's Week One Rankings

1. Clemson (1-0) A huge win for the Tigers against Georgia. 2. Florida State (1-0) There isn't a word to describe how impressive Jameis Winston was. 3. Georgia Tech (1-0) Yellow Jackets score 70 points for the first time since 2001. 4. Miami (1-0) A little slow out of the gate, but an easy win over FAU. 5. NC State (1-0) The Wolfpack ran for 237 yards against Louisiana Tech...

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Postgame Reaction: Pitt/Florida State

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