Last season, Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston topped many Heisman voters’ ballots, earning the hallowed trophy en route to an undefeated season and FSU’s third national championship. He finds himself atop another list this offseason– but not based entirely on his performance on the field.
Winston earns the top spot on College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin’s “14 for ’14: Top personalities in college football” rankings. The piece, included on NFL.com, states that talent, along with sense of humor and back story, are factored into those making the list. Here’s what is said about Winston:
He quarterbacks the defending national champions, and he has received a lot of attention for that feat. He is the reigning Heisman winner, which means even more attention. Finally, given that we live in extremely voyeuristic times, his off-field issues, including being investigated for a sexual assault and a shoplifting incident involving crab legs, mean even non-football fans know who he is. There’s also his seemingly never-ending quest to grab attention for himself, what with his numerous Instagrams. In short, prepare for Jameis Winston overload this fall — and that’s before we even start to discuss whether this will be his final season of college football.
Also on the list is Winston’s former back-up Jacob Coker (No. 6), a hyped prospect who is a contender to start at QB for Alabama this year after transferring to Tuscaloosa following last season. Former Gator coach and current South Carolina boss Steve Spurrier comes in eighth, and Notre Dame QB Everett Golson, whom the ‘Noles will face on October 18, comes in ninth.