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QB Jameis Winston has drawn comparisons to former FSU two-sport stars Deion Sanders and Charlie Ward.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Quarterback Jameis Winston hasn't made many mistakes in a Florida State uniform. When he does, the redshirt freshman knows why. That's how the teenager with the shoulder-shrug smile earned the trust of coaches and teammates.
"There's no age limit on knowledge," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "There's no age limit on knowing what to do and being a good player.
"Each player, what he can absorb at that present time of his career, matters as to how much leeway you give him. And [Winston] gets more than most have."
The 19-year-old Winston made a wrong read during the 54-6 win against Bethune-Cookman last week. He missed the hot receiver as the defense blitzed and was forced to spin out of the clutches of defensive end LeBrand Richardson. Winston simultaneously dipped from defensive end Erik Williams. The busted play ended with a falling down Winston throwing an 11-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin.
Fisher's quarterback tutorial hinges on one question: Why?
Why did you make this decision? Why was this the outcome?
Winston tends to ace the "why" test.
He's completed 50 of 64 passes for 718 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception with a 210.49 passing efficiency that ranks No. 2 in FBS. Winston (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) also has two touchdowns rushing within the
No. 5 scoring offense in FBS.
"You can't rely on ability, as far as letting it bail you out all the time," Fisher said. "If you don't know why you made a mistake then that's critical and we have to fix that. Some guys make plays and people assume they know why. ... He understands that and puts a lot of time in it."
Cal freshman QB faces major test
EUGENE, Ore. - If Cal quarterback Jared Goff has any jitters about his first start on the road, he sure isn't showing it.
Goff was cool about playing No. 2 Oregon in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night.
"Just a regular game in front of a bunch of crazy people," he said.
The freshman quarterback is having a sensational start to his college career, steering first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes' "Bear Raid" offense. He leads the nation and the Pac-12 with an average of 435.3 yards passing.
He's second in the Pac-12 with 1,306 total yards passing and he's completed 61.3 percent of his passes in three games. In his last game, a 52-34 Cal loss to No. 4 Ohio State on Sept. 14, Goff passed for 371 yards with three touchdowns.
Those numbers both impress and concern Oregon coach Mark Helfrich.
"He's playing great. He's been virtually lights out," Helfrich said. "They've done a really good job managing things for him."
Goff became the first freshman to start his first game in school history after beating out redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder in fall camp.
A top recruit for California, Goff threw for 7,687 yards and 93 touchdowns at Marin Catholic High School. He helped his bid for a starting role by graduating early and taking part in Cal's spring practices.
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