Quarterback Jameis Winston comes in at No. 2 on our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Winston redshirted his first year, but earned the starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Winston immediately showed why he was one of the top ranked quarterback recruits in the country by putting up ridiculous numbers against every team he faced. Winston three for over 300 yards in 7 of the 14 games that season including a season high 444 yards against No. 3 Clemson in Death Valley. Winston helped lead the Seminoles to their third National Championship when he threw the game winning touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left against Auburn.
Winston finished the year throwing for 4,057 yards, a 66.9 completion percentage, 40 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Winston was named a consensus All-American and first team All-ACC. He was named the ACC Player of the Year and won the Archie Griffin, Manning, and Walter Camp awards. He was named the AP Player of the year and became the third Florida State player to win the Heisman Trophy.
Winston remained the starter in 2014, and, while he did not have the same success as he did in 2013, he did lead Florida State to a 13-1 record and their third straight ACC Championship. Winston continually put the team on his back in the second halves of games and willed the team to victory. He was named the ACC Athlete of the Year in 2014 and was earned First team All-ACC honors.
He finished his career with 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns, 28 interceptions, and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Winston was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is now the highest selected Florida State player replacing Andre Wadsworth who was selected with the third overall pick.