10 College Football Players We Wish Could Play with Jameis Winston
The offseason is a time when minds wander. For us here at B/R, this includes odd dreams where Florida State quarterback and Heisman winner Jameis Winston is on the same team as Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley.
Or what about a situation where Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche lines up in a jumbo running package?
These are the things we think about. Yes, boredom is rampant. Send help. And football.
Which players would we want to see on the same team with Winston?
LSU RB Leonard Fournette
Hi, No. 1 player in the country: Meet the No. 1 recruit in the country for the class of 2014, Leonard Fournette.
Fournette committed to LSU and will undoubtedly be a force for the Tigers this season. Listed at 6'1" and 226 pounds on his 247Sports profile, Fournette is physically ready to be a bell-cow back at the next level.
As it so happens, Florida State needs help at running back after losing Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. to the NFL draft.
Fournette in the same backfield as Winston would be amazing. It would also at least give opposing defenses a choice in how they wanted to perish.
UCLA LB Myles Jack
Myles Jack is already getting All-American hype heading into the 2014 season after a breakout freshman campaign for UCLA.
The sophomore will be concentrating solely on playing linebacker, but he lit up the scoreboard in wins over Arizona and Washington by rushing for five combined touchdowns.
If Jack and Winston were on the same team, opposing teams would have to face the best quarterback in college football along with the best linebacker. Some might call that unfair.
Should the situation warrant it, Jack could play a little running back for the Seminoles, too—just to give opposing coaches one more thing to think about.
Baylor WR Antwan Goodley
The play would be simple, but effective. Winston throws a short crossing route to wide receiver Antwan Goodley, who uses his blazing speed to run past every defender on the field for an 80-yard touchdown.
That could be the life of Florida State's offensive if Winston and Goodley were on the same team. Last year, Goodley led Baylor with 71 receptions for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns. Built more like a running back at 5'10" and 225 pounds, Goodley has incredible burst that allows him to create separation.
With the loss of Kelvin Benjamin, the Seminoles could use another productive receiver. Goodley isn't nearly as tall as Benjamin, but he's a deep threat nonetheless.
Georgia RB Todd Gurley
While LSU commit Leonard Fournette may be the next great back in college football, Georgia's Todd Gurley is the current king of running backs.
Now, picture Gurley in the same backfield as Winston. What do you defend? Play action suddenly becomes harder than it ever has before for defenders. Gurley is also excellent out of the backfield as a pass-catcher, hauling in 37 passes for six touchdowns a year ago.
Any quarterback can look better with good pass protection and a good running game. Gurley would give Winston both. It's hard not to like that combination.
Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche
Yes, Robert Nkemdiche is a rising defensive lineman for Ole Miss. As a freshman, he started 10 games and recorded 34 tackles. He also finished third on the team with eight tackles for loss.
Nkemdiche was a blue-chip member of the Rebels' loaded 2013 class, so he could have gone anywhere. Now, imagine him as part of Florida State's dominant defensive line last year.
When that terrifying thought finally leaves your mind, picture him in a jumbo package for the 'Noles offense. Nkemdiche was used sparingly as a running back for the Rebels, rushing five times for 32 yards. Picture Florida State in a goal-line package with Winston under center and Nkemdiche in the backfield.
So. Many. Weapons. So. Many. Ways. To. Score.
Alabama TE O.J. Howard
What's a good passing game anymore without a capable and versatile tight end?
As a freshman for Alabama in 2013, O.J. Howard showed he was the next great tight end for the Tide. At 6'6" and 237 pounds, he's a physical freak who has blazing speed not just for his position, but for anyone on the field.
Howard is still growing into the position, so he'd be a nice complement to Florida State's established tight end, Nick O'Leary. Still, he's a great receiving weapon over the middle of the field. If he develops his blocking, he'll be a complete tight end capable of heading to the NFL in two years.
Putting Howard on the same team as Winston would give the Seminoles one more red-zone receiving threat—not like they need another one, of course.
Pitt WR Tyler Boyd
If you want to see the next Sammy Watkins or Brandin Cooks, look no further than Pitt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
As a freshman, Boyd led the Panthers with 85 receptions for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns—and that was alongside veteran receiver Devin Street.
Boyd is a big receiver who possesses all the traits coaches look for in a No. 1: great catch radius, route running and hands. He's also evasive for a guy his size (6'2" and 185 lbs.).
Teamed up with the Heisman winner, Boyd can streak down the field as Winston throws a ball up for grabs. It would truly be a matchup nightmare fit for Freddy Krueger.
Oklahoma State RB/WR Tyreek Hill
As Tyreek Hill's photo would suggest, he's, uh, fast.
The JUCO transfer and track star joined Oklahoma State this offseason and is already generating buzz as an instant impact player. Hill can play wide receiver or running back, and head coach Mike Gundy will likely find as many different ways as he can to get Hill the ball.
Putting Hill on the same team as Winston would give Florida State an extra dimension and a player who could line up in a variety of ways. That's something head coach Jimbo Fisher, an offensive-minded guy, would enjoy.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
What's that? Why would Florida State ever need two quarterbacks?
You seem to be forgetting about the always dangerous, yet rarely utilized, dual-quarterback offense. Just think about Winston and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller side-by-side in a shotgun formation. Who gets the ball? Do they run it or throw it? Certainly there's a trick play involved, right?
The possibilities of two quarterbacks who can run and throw in the same backfield is endless and probably illegal in certain states. It'd be fun to watch, though.
It would also require Miller and Winston to set aside any egos they may have about being the guy.
Stanford WR Ty Montgomery
Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery has become the Cardinal's utility player. Now, picture him doing the same thing for Florida State and the amount of pressure he could take off of Winston.
Montgomery is a receiver first and led Stanford with 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. However, he also showed his skill as an excellent kick returner with nearly 1,100 return yards and a pair of touchdowns. He even gets involved in the Cardinal's run game on occasion.
Winston could throw to Montgomery down the field or hand off to him on a sweep. In fact, Winston may not need to come on the field at all if Montgomery took a kickoff back for a touchdown.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All recruiting rankings are courtesy of 247Sports. All stats courtesy of ESPN.com.