Top Plays from Heisman Winner Jameis Winston's Season
It was no surprise that Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston took the Heisman Trophy Saturday night.
The redshirt freshman has been embarrassing opposing defenses all season long while leading FSU to a 13-0 record, an ACC title and a berth in the national championship game.
Before he looks to cement his legacy in Pasadena, let's take a look back at some of the incredible plays that led to Winston's Heisman Trophy run.
Here are six of the most jaw-dropping plays by Winston this season.
Boston College Hail Mary
Opponent: Boston College
When: Sat, Sept. 28
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Florida State found itself trailing Boston College early, but it went on a tear behind three straight passing touchdowns by Jameis Winston.
The third came in the final seconds of the half when Winston shed two tacklers and rolled out, finding Kenny Shaw down the field for a 55-yard touchdown to give FSU a 24-17 halftime lead.
The 'Noles never looked back, notching a 48-34 win.
TD Hurdle vs. Duke
When: Sat, Dec. 7
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
With Florida State already drubbing Duke 31-0 in the ACC title game, Winston decided to tack on another demoralizing blow.
He scrambled left and took off, cutting around three defenders before skying over another on his way into the end zone.
FSU went on to win 45-7.
The Chuck Norris Play
When: Sat, Sept. 21
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
Florida State made the game look easy in a 54-6 domination of Bethune-Cookman.
In the process, Winston made an absolutely ridiculous play look easy as well.
In the second quarter, he ducked under two sack attempts and looked up to find Kelvin Benjamin open. He stepped up and, as he was falling down, snapped off a rope to Benjamin for the touchdown.
The marvelous play prompted the game's commentator to suggest that Winston be plugged into Chuck Norris jokes.
Incredible Connection with Benjamin
When: Sat, Oct. 19
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C.
In one of the biggest games of the first half of the season, Florida State asserted itself as a national title contender by smashing then-No. 3 Clemson, 51-14.
Winston began the scoring barrage with an incredible strike to Kelvin Benjamin.
He threw a perfect lob where only Benjamin could make the catch, and his receiver brought it down between two Tigers defenders for a touchdown.
Flawless Lob to Shaw
When: Sat, Sept. 14
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium
In yet another blowout win, Jameis Winston showed off some incredible touch.
The FSU offense started slow against Nevada, but Winston began setting off the fireworks in the second quarter when Winston hit Kenny Shaw on a perfect touch pass.
Stepping on his back foot to escape pressure, Winston uncorked a bomb to hit Shaw in stride in the end zone.
That was the Seminoles' first touchdown of the game and it was the first of 59 unanswered points.
Benjamin Goes Beastmode
When: Sat, Nov. 30
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville
Winston had several impressive connections with Kelvin Benjamin against rival Florida but none was more astounding than the one that gave FSU its first touchdown of the game.
Winston hit Benjamin in stride underneath and his receiver did the rest. Check it out at the 0:16 mark in the video above.
The redshirt sophomore shrugged off the entire UF secondary and powered his way into the end zone. After a slow start the game, that score opened the floodgates in a 37-7 blowout.
It wasn't a particularly difficult play for Winston, but it was one of the team's best plays of the year.
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