After losing 11 players to the NFL, we didn’t know much about the 2013 Florida State Seminoles football team. All we knew was that the reins of this program offensively were being handed to one of the more highly touted redshirt freshmen in some time. He was being tasked with leading a program under constant scrutiny to perform at a certain elite level.
Well, after the ‘Noles’ 41-13 victory Monday night at Heinz Field against the Pitt Panthers, he showed us all that he’s more than capable of putting this program on his back and taking all the pressure on himself.
Jameis Winston was everything we thought he was. It’s as simple as that. The Hueytown, Ala. native finished the game an astonishing 25-of-27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a rushing score, just in case anyone still had a doubt in their mind that he wasn’t the complete package.
He commanded the Florida State offense with the poise and leadership quality of a seasoned veteran and had everyone believing by the end of the first quarter.
Nick O’Leary was unquestionably the star of the entire receiving crew as the tight end hauled in three of those Jaboo TD passes, more than likely prompting tight ends across the nation to go crash a motorcycle and have it publicized over national television. I’m kidding. If there are any tight ends reading this right now, please don’t do that. Nonetheless, O’Leary finished the game with four catches for 47 yards and those three scores.
Defensively, after the Seminoles started off a bit sluggish on the opening drive, they settled in the rest of the way by holding the Panthers to just six points the rest of the way on two FGs.
We’ll have much more coverage of this game throughout the next few days.
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