As expected, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher named Jameis Winston the starting quarterback for the season opener against Pittsburgh.
Winston’s debut is one of the most intriguing storylines of Week 1, as the redshirt freshman ranked as the No. 15 overall recruit 2012 signing class and shined in Florida State’s spring game.
Winston is a dual-threat passer and is surrounded by a deep supporting cast. With four starters back, the offensive line is one of the best in the nation. James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman will be a solid one-two punch in the backfield, while the receiving corps is filled with talent and speed.
Opening up on the road is never an easy task for a redshirt freshman quarterback, but Winston has plenty of confidence and shouldn’t be rattled in the Steel City. After the opener against the Panthers, Florida State hosts Nevada and Bethune-Cookman, before ending the month of September at Boston College.
If Winston lives up to the hype, Florida State has the schedule make a run at the national championship. And the biggest game of the ACC season – at Clemson on Oct. 19 – should give Winston plenty of time to get acclimated to being a starter on the FBS level.
Although Winston won the starting job, backup Jacob Coker had an impressive offseason and is a solid No. 2 quarterback.