This will be no small task for Winston, as most opposing teams will be relentlessly trying to figure out how to stop him.
The fact that Winston lost playmakers like Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw will also be very costly to Winston. Yes, he’ll still have Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary, but the loss of Benjamin will be felt in the red zone.
Let’s also note that the Seminoles’ schedule this season will be far more challenging than it was last year. Florida State does get Clemson at home in 2014, but the defenses that he’ll face this year in the ACC should be improved (Clemson, Miami, and Louisville)—not to mention the non-conference games that include Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Florida.
It’ll be hard for him to replicate his 4,057 yards passing with 40 touchdowns with that schedule. So if Winston does put up similar numbers in 2014, does that mean he should win the Heisman again?
I would say yes, but it’ll obviously depend on what the other candidates do—especially other quarterbacks.
Guys like Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty, Braxton Miller, Brett Hundley and Nick Marshall will certainly have a great shot to beat out Winston.
Did you notice anything about the names I just listed? Most of those quarterbacks are in a spread-style offense. Jameis is in more of a pro-style system and doesn’t run as much as Mariota, Miller, Hundley or Marshall.
If any of those quarterbacks’ teams go undefeated in the regular season, I like their chances of beating out Winston for the trophy.
The odds are stacked against him in terms of history and this is an extremely deep field of candidates, and it’s just hard to repeat as the Heisman winner for two years in a row.
Sorry Jameis, you just aren’t the sexy pick anymore.