Though the 2011 season is still relatively young, Windmiller is racking up some big-time numbers, and is a huge reason why the Jaguars are a perfect 5-0 to date. Thus far, the lanky quarterback is completing 57.5-percent of his passes, has thrown for 1,320 yards - an average of 264 per game - and has hit for 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Friday, with junior starting tailback Kendall Short sidelined with an injury, Windmiller did some heavy lifting offensively, throwing for 301 yards, four touchdowns and a single pick.
Here's our take on his performance:
Windmiller is a tall kid with long arms, and though he's not rail thin he's got plenty of room to add good weight to his 6-foot-2 frame.
In the pocket, his release is quick and smooth, exactly as it looked on film, and he's got an absolute cannon for an arm. He struggled a little bit with accuracy on the deep ball, but there is every reason to believe that will come with time. He hit at least one receiver in stride on a beautiful deep fade route in the second half, setting up the Jags for their lone post-intermission score.
There doesn't appear to be a throw in the book he can't make, so the physical tools are there. A strong second-half surge by Piper - the home crowd was absolutely rocking in the second half - saw him flushed out of the pocket frequently, and he struggled with his accuracy on the move at times. Windmiller looked to be at his best when he had the chance to set his feet and throw - making solid decisions and darts - on-target darts - all over the place.
At times, however, is his arm worked against him, as he put too much juice behind short routes that made them difficult to handle. But touch can be taught.
Though they ran the ball with him on option plays several times, Windmiller doesn't look to project as a true dual-threat type at the next level. He's not a bad athlete by any means though, and proved himself adept at keeping a play alive with his feet before firing downfield.
Obviously, this was a small sample size and Windmiller still has a bunch of developing and growing to do. But our opinion that he's one to watch closely was affirmed Friday night.