As big as last week’s win over Clemson on the road in Death Valley was, this upcoming week at home against the N.C. State Wolfpack may be even bigger for a lot of Seminoles fans.
For the first time since he left the program, legendary head coach Bobby Bowden will return to the confines of Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL. to partake in the gameday festivities. He’s even been bestowed the honor of planting the flaming spear mid-field before the game.
Of all the accomplishments on Bowden’s resume throughout his historic career, one to really hang his hat on is the fact that he coached not one, but two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. Charlie Ward in 1993 and Chris Weinke in 2000 both took home the coveted award.
This season as the ‘Noles are tearing through the competition just as they did during a good majority of the Bowden years, they have their own signal caller at the top of a lot of people’s Heisman lists in Jameis Winston.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel today, Bowden gave some of his thoughts on the phenomenal redshirt freshman.
On his initial thoughts of Winston, plus comparisons to last year’s winner Johnny Manziel:
“Well not only his talent, but his humility. He’s not doing like [Johnny] Manziel. And Manziel, I like him, I love to watch him play. [Winston] gives all the credit to the rest of his team and plus he has statistics to go behind him.”
Then, Bowden was asked who, then, would he compare Winston to:
“I don’t have anybody I compare him to. Somebody asked me on a call-in show if I’d compare him to a Charlie Ward or a Chris Weinke. They’re all different. Charlie was 185 pounds and could run like a scarlet dog, he runs better than this guy. But this guy runs in a very positive way. This guy is 6-foot-4, so I don’t see the physical similarity there. Chris Weinke would be more similar, but he didn’t care anything about running that dadgum football. This guy just seems to have it all. I never met him. I’ve heard about him, I watch all their games, but the things he does is just amazing. And it doesn’t just amaze me, it amazes the nation.”