Led by the breakout performance from redshirt phenom Jameis Winston at quarterback on Monday night, the Florida State Seminoles routed the Pittsburgh Panthers by a final score of 41-13. A lot of the offensive explosion was fueled by Winston being able to find and accurately hit his open receivers down the field. Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin all had fantastic receiving nights.
However, when it was time to put the ball in the end zone and put numbers on the scoreboard, it was the man from the line of scrimmage that Winston looked to most–three times, to be exact.
Winston found his TE Nick O’Leary in the end zone three times on Monday night. With a lot of attention being paid to the three mentioned above, coupled with Jameis’ incredible play-action fake ability, O’Leary was able to find clear paths to the end zone and his QB was able to get him the ball.
On Wednesday, both were nationally rewarded for their efforts.
After the breakout showing, Jameis Winston has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. Yes, after all the hype leading up, Winston is being recognized as having the best week of any signal caller in the country following his inaugural showing, and deservedly so. No matter how many appearances you’ve made in the game, when you go 25-27 for over 350 yards and four touchdowns, you’re going to reap the benefits such as this.
Not to be outdone by his teammate, the man on the receiving end of three of those touchdown passes–Nick O’Leary–was also on the receiving end of high praise. The junior tight end was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week. After surviving a horrific motorcycle accident over the offseason, O’Leary had a debut performance which included four catches for 47 yards–three of those catches resulting in scores.