Oct 5, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the start of the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Bowden says Florida State QB Jameis Winston 'is as good as anybody we've ever had'

Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is one of the most well-respected, famous and greatest coaches in the history of college football.

He took a Florida State team that was nothing and turned them into an elite program. At one point, Bowden finished in the top five 14 years in a row and won two national championships during that span. He’s also had his share of good quarterbacks. Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won the Heisman Trophy under Bowden’s watch and he helped recruit recent first round picks Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel.

Bowden believes the Seminoles’ current quarterback, Jameis Wisnton, could be better than any of those players.

“This goes back to the best you’ve ever had — that’s the way I think people are looking at him,”  Bowden told ESPN.com’s David Hale. “This young man is  as good as anybody we’ve ever had. Maybe as a freshman, that’s asking too much, but before he leaves here — and he might do it this year.”

Winston, a redshirt freshman has completed 90 of 123 passes (73.2%) for 1,441 yards with 17 touchdowns (and two more on the ground) and two interceptions.

Winston and the fifth-ranked Seminoles will be in Death Valley to take on the third-ranked Clemson Tigers Saturday at 8:00 pm EST.

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