FSU Spring Game 2013: Jameis Winston Steals the Show

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) runs the ball during the second half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) runs the ball during the second half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

On Saturday afternoon, an estimated 25,000 fans came out to Doak Campbell Stadium to watch Florida State’s Garnet and Gold spring game. The game featured a lot of passing, as expected, and finished with the Gold team defeating the Garnet team, 40-20.

Since the end of last season, the talk in Tallahassee has been about who will be under center to start to the 2013-2014. Four quarterbacks (Jameis Winston, Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker, Sean Maguire) got a chance to make their case for the starting job but it was Jameis Winston who stood out above the rest.

Winston, the #1 QB coming out of high school two years ago, went 12-for-15 for 205 yards and two touchdowns against the first-team defense. His first pass of the game was a 58 yard touchdown to WR David Tyrell. It was exactly the start that Seminoles fans hoped to see from the freshman phenom.

Many people predicted the QB battle would come down to Winston or Trickett. Trickett, the only QB on the roster with real experience at the collegiate level, took the most throws of any of the QB’s, going 22-for-32 for 259 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

While Trickett did not play bad, it was Winston’s impressive play against the first team defense that has fans swooning over the dual-threat and dual-sport freshman.

In addition to Winston, the entire wide receiver corps and kicker Roberto Aguayo were very impressive on Saturday.

While one can’t take away too much from a spring game, it is still exciting nonetheless to have football back in Tallahassee.