In the last few years, Florida State has had well-documented issues staying upright in the national championship race.
If the Seminoles’ new star quarterback has anything to do about it, Florida State will remain on its feet for the long haul.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston turned in one of the plays of the week and added to his growing highlight reel of impossible plays with a wild touchdown pass to Nick O’Leary. Maryland’s Yannik Virgil-Cudjoe, a 250-pound linebacker, tried to wrap up Winston for a sack, but the quarterback escaped and scrambled to his right to make the 12-yard pass to O’Leary.
“I can't tell you what the play was but I can tell you I actually held the ball too long,” Winston said. “I just try to get it to the open guys. ... I just slipped out of it and Nick was wide open for the touchdown.”
Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards with five touchdowns to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors in addition to his third National Freshman of the Week award.
Athlon Sports Week 6 National Awards
National Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week: Jameis Winston, Florida State
The redshirt freshman is playing with the poise of a fifth-year senior. In Saturday’s win over Maryland, Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards and five scores, while rushing for 24 yards on seven attempts. Winston’s five touchdown tosses were the most by a Florida State quarterback since Christian Ponder threw five in 2009, and the redshirt freshman already has three games of at least 300 passing yards. The freshman ranks second in the ACC with 288.2 passing yards per game, averaging an impressive 16 yards per completion. Winston has tossed only two picks and ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 73.2 completion percentage.
National Defensive Player of the Week: Shayne Skov, Stanford
UCLA had a trio of great performances from Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr and Anthony Jefferson, but Shayne Skov was all over the field against an excellent Washington offense. Skov played one of the best games of his career, posting 14 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in the huge win over the division rival Huskies. With Trent Murphy, A.J. Tarpley and James Vaughters, the Cardinal boast the best linebacker corps in the nation.
National Coordinator of the Week: Mike Stoops, Oklahoma
The question of who could stop Baylor falls on the shoulders of Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. The Sooners have the Big 12’s top defense and proved it again in a 20-17 win over TCU. The Horned Frogs gained only 16 yards in the first half, failing to gain a first down until their second possession of the third quarter. TCU finished with 44 rushing yards as Stoops’ defense picked up four sacks and seven tackles for a loss.
Athlon Sports Week 6 Conference Awards
Offense: Jameis Winston, Florida State
Defense: Vic Beasley, Clemson
Freshman: Jameis Winston, Florida State
Coordinator: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
Offense: Bryce Petty, Baylor
Defense: Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State
Freshman: Ben Grogan, Oklahoma State
Coordinator: Mike Stoops, Oklahoma
Offense: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Defense: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Freshman: Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
Coordinator: John Papuchis, Nebraska
Offense: Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Defense: Shayne Skov, Stanford
Freshman: Daquon Brown, Washington State
Coordinator: Lou Spanos, UCLA
Offense: Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Defense: Carl Lawson, Auburn
Freshman: Cam Cameron, LSU
Coordinator: J.J. Green, Georgia