Visiting The Jameis Winston Show

CUTigers is taking a look at the five biggest challenges the Clemson defense will face in 2014. Up next is The Jameis Winston Show.

The circus down in Tallahassee is still churning right along.

Between the fall-out from the sexual assault accusation, baseball brawl with Florida and crab leg incident at Publix, Winston continues to be in the spotlight, even though he hasn't played a football game since January.

But that comes with the territory these days. Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks who return to school tend to get a whole heck of a lot of attention.

As we've seen over the years, the gridiron is usually the place for them to get away from the noise and just play football.

Not only will Winston be back on the field to defend the Heisman Trophy, he'll also lead Florida State in its quest for a second-straight National Championship, but it's hardly a one-man-band down at Doak Campbell. Several of the guys who helped Winston along the way in 2013 are back for the 2014 campaign.

However, the Seminoles did lose two of their top three rushers, Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. Also gone is wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, a first-round draft pick by the Panthers. All-ACC center Bryan Stork was taken in the fourth-round by the Patriots.

Cameron Erving is back to protect Winston's blind side. Tre' Jackson will return at right guard. Both could have left school early for the NFL. Same goes with Rashad Greene, Winston's favorite receiver in 2013. Tight end Nick O'Leary and running back Karlos Williams also return.

All five could be gone by the time the mid-rounds of next year's draft roll around.

Plus, there's no shortage of young studs at skill positions that could help along the way this fall. Former Clemson running back commitment Dalvin Cook enrolled in January. He'll be joined by Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane, two of the most heavily recruited wide receiver prospects in the class of 2014.

With so many weapons still around him, Winston could approach the 4,000-yard, 40-touchdown marks he passed for a season ago. One of his best performances of the year was at Clemson when he completed 22 of 34 passes for 444 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Just like last season, both teams will have a bye week before crossing paths. And, just like last season, Winston & Co. could be the stiffest challenge for the Clemson defense. Top Stories