Fair or not, a freshman ascending to the top of the Heisman Trophy contender list will be much more difficult after the hullabaloo in the offseason after Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel won the award in 2012.
But Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is sure giving it a go.
Winston threw for 393 yards and connected on five touchdown passes Saturday against the No. 25 Maryland Terrapins. He completed 71.9 percent of his passes, his third-highest output of the season.
On the season Winston now has 1,441 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. He’s on pace to throw for 3,458 yards and connect on 41 touchdown passes and throw just five picks. All this with a 73.2 percent completion rate.
Those are serious numbers.
Last season, Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Winston, with Saturday’s performance, will likely land on many top 10 lists starting next week. But can he do enough this season to convince Heisman voters another freshman is worthy of the award?