In 2013, Jameis Winston introduced himself to Florida State fans and the nation at large by throwing a touchdown on his first pass in the FSU spring game, demonstrating his talent, his penchant for big plays, and his flair for the dramatic all in one neatly packaged introduction. On Saturday, three freshman early enrollees did their best imitations of Winston by introducing themselves with flair.
First, Derwin James, the cornerstone recruit of the 2015 class and the nation's top-rated safety, showed his penchant for big plays with a pick-six on the second play from scrimmage:
Then, Jacques Patrick took his first touch for a long score that would ultimately be called back for a holding penalty behind the play:
Two plays later, George Campbell made up for the holding penalty by taking his first touch for a 67-yard score on an impressive catch-and-run:
In fairness, Patrick and Campbell made their plays against a second-team defense that included a number of physically outclassed walk-ons, but that should not diminish the strength of their introductions or their flair for the dramatic (especially since they outran scholarship defensive backs as well).
There was plenty to be concerned about in the spring game, but there's no doubt that the future is in good hands, including those of several true freshmen with a Winstonian flair for the dramatic.