Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston made a remarkable first impression on the nation in his opening game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Monday night. Winston, starting his first game ever, threw for 356 yards and completed all but two of his 27 passes. Not too shabby for a freshman, eh?
One person not at all surprised by Winston’s performance was Stanford Cardinal coach David Shaw. Shaw recruited Winston — who was admitted to Stanford — before the young quarterback decided to remain closer to home for his college career.
Here are Shaw’s thoughts about the budding superstar:
When he came on a visit here we all fell in love with him. He’s a great kid. He’s smart. He knows football. He’s got an unbelievable personality and whatever ‘it’ factor quarterbacks have, he’s got it. He’s also very self-aware. He knows what he does right and he knows what he doesn’t do right.
He’s also blatantly honest and open. You ask him a question and you’re going to get an answer. He’s a wonderful kid. I got to know his dad through the process. (He has a) great family. I said it at the time – I know he’s going to be successful in and out of football. He’s just one of those guys (CardinalSportsReport.com).
As an Oregon fan, I am certainly happy Winston chose Florida State over Stanford. Thank you, Jameis. I owe you one.