Tomahawk Nation readers are voting on the All-Jimbo Fisher Team (Florida State edition). To be eligible, a player must have played for head coach Jimbo Fisher (2010-2013). The qualifications are completely up to you. Do you value overall numbers, or fleeting greatness?
Tuesday, we're picking a quarterback. I have a feeling who you are going to pick. But let's go through the motions to get used to the process. Voting closes at 5:30 EST
This is self explanatory. Jameis Winston has only one season as a starter under his belt at Florida State, but it was the best quarterback season in school history. By a wide margin. 257-384, 4057, 10.6 Yards/Attempt, 40-10 TD/INT Ratio, 88 rushes, 219 yards, 4 rushing TD.
- Heisman Memorial Trophy Winner
- Consensus All-American
- Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Winner
- Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year
- Sporting News Player of the Year
- Maxwell Award Finalist
- Manning Award Finalist
- Associated Press All-America First Team
- FWAA All-America First Team
- Sporting News All-America First Team
- ESPN.com All-America First Team
- USA TODAY Sports All-America First Team
- Athlon Sports All-America First Team
- CBSSports.com All-America First Team
- SI.com All-America First Team
- Lindy's All-America First Team
- FoxSports.com All-America First Team
- ACC Player of the Year
- Coaches ACC Player of the Year
- ACC Offensive Player of the Year
- Coaches ACC Offensive Player of the Year
- ACC Rookie of the Year
- Coaches ACC Rookie of the Year
- ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
- Coaches ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
- All-ACC First Team
- Coaches All-ACC First Team
- Athlon Sports Offensive Player of the Year
- College Football News Offensive Freshman of the Year
- Walter Camp All-America Second Team
- CBSSports.com Offensive Player of the Year
- Lindy's Offensive Player of the Year
- FWAA Freshman All-American
Here is his school bio from 2013:
The dazzling playmaker and charismatic leader authored the greatest freshman season by a quarterback in college football history...led Florida State to a 14-0 record and the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship...named Offensive MVP of the national championship game by throwing for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-31 come-from-behind victory over No. 2 Auburn at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif....engineered the game-winning seven-play, 80-yard drive that started with just 1:11 remaining in the game and FSU trailing 31-27 and ended with a two-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to give FSU the lead with 13 seconds left...became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy at 19 years, 342 days and just the second freshman...won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback and the Manning Award...was also a finalist for the Maxwell Award...first freshman to capture ACC Player of the Year honors in the 61-year history of the Atlantic Coast Conference...also captured ACC Offensive Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year honors...shattered the ACC record, Florida State record and national freshman record for touchdown passes (40) and broke the national freshman record for passing yards (4,057)...is the first freshman to lead his team to 14 wins...All-ACC First Team...led the nation and set the ACC record in pass efficiency rating (184.8)...ranked first in the nation in yards per attempt (10.6) and second in touchdown passes (40)...tossed 26 touchdowns and passed for 2,641 yards in just the first half alone...threw more first-half touchdowns than 105 starting quarterbacks had in all snaps...thanks to huge leads - only played in 82 percent of Florida State's total offensive snaps and just 62 percent of the Noles' second-half snaps...seven-time ACC Rookie of the Week...three-time ACC Offensive Back of the Week...three-time Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week...seven 300-yard passing games...eight three-touchdown passing games...threw for over 200 yards in the first half nine times...guided the most prolific offense in school and conference history as the Noles set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards) and the national record for total points (723), while averaging 51.6 points per game...FSU led the nation with 94 touchdowns...opened the season by completing the first 11 passes of his career on the road at Pitt en route to setting an FSU record for completion percentage (92.6)...completed 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in his debut against the Panthers...signature performance came at then-No. 3 Clemson...led FSU to a 51-14 victory over the Tigers by throwing for a career-best 444 yards and three touchdowns while adding a rushing score...MVP of the ACC Championship Game after throwing for 330 yards and compiling four total touchdowns...torched No. 25 Maryland for 393 passing yards and a career-high five touchdowns in a 63-0 win...one of those touchdown passes against the Terrapins was a 12-yard highlight reel touchdown pass to junior tight end Nick O'Leary where he spun out of a sack and eluded another tackle before completing the throw...after throwing his first interception of the season against Nevada, he finished the game going 13-of-13 for 184 yards and two touchdowns...eluded a sack and tossed an amazing 55-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kenny Shaw as time expired at the end of the first half at Boston College to give FSU a 24-17 lead at the break...led FSU to a 48-34 win against the Eagles after trailing 17-3...was 11-of-14 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in just the first quarter against NC State...completed more than 90 percent of his passes for the second time when he finished 19-of-21 (90.5 percent) for 277 yards and two touchdowns versus Syracuse...was 19-of-31 for 327 yards and three touchdowns at Florida, who entered the game with the nation's third-best pass defense and hadn't allowed a 300-yard passer in 42 games...rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns on the season...also a pitcher/outfielder/designated hitter on Florida State's nationally-ranked baseball team where he made 32 starts and 17 relief appearances in 2013...had an ERA of 3.00 and 21 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched during his freshman campaign...named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team...one of two football players honored for his academic success at the 2013 Golden Torch banquet at Florida State in the fall.
Manuel was a very good college quarterback for FSU in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as some spot starting in 2010. A 25-6 record as a starter is impressive, even if measuring quarterbacks by win-loss record is a bit silly. Manuel also won a bunch of awards, and was 600-897 for 7741 yards with 47 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, as well as 827 rushing yards on 298 carries and 11 touchdowns.
Senior quarterback who finished his career ranking as one of the most productive at his position in Florida State history...led the Seminoles to a 25-6 record as a starter - the third-most wins in program history - and became just the second quarterback in FBS history to win four straight bowl games, joining former West Virginia QB Pat White...also went 16-3 in his career against ACC opponents...FSU's all-time leader in completion percentage (66.9), which ties for second in ACC history...ranks among top five Seminole quarterbacks all-time for passing yards (7,736, 3rd), total offense (8,563, 3rd), completions (600, 4th) and attempts (897, 5th), despite only two seasons as the full-time starter...also tied for seventh all-time with 47 career TD passes and tied for ninth all-time with five 300-yard passing games...enjoyed his most productive season in 2012, completing 263-of-387 attempts for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions... served as an integral part of the 2012 FSU offense which will go down in FSU history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards...capped off his career leading FSU to 534 yards of total offense which was the sixth game of over 500 yards of total offense in 2012...ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally in passing efficiency (156.0) in 2012 and his career total of 150.4 ranks second all-time in the ACC...became the first Seminole quarterback since Charlie Ward to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 with 380 and 102, respectively, in FSU's 49-37 win over No. 10 Clemson which earned him his first of two ACC Player of the Week honors...calmly led the Seminoles back from a 14-point third quarter deficit against the Tigers, highlighted by his 29-yard strike to Rodney Smith that gave the `Noles their first lead at 35-31 late in third quarter...threw for a career-high 439 yards and four TD's in a 27-of-34 performance against Boston College as he earned ACC Player of the Week honors for the second time...came up huge with his first game-winning TD pass on FSU's final drive against Virginia Tech when he hit Rashad Greene on a slant for a 39-yard scoring play with 40 second remaining in a 28-22 victory...eclipsed 200 passing yards eight times this season to go along with seven multiple TD pass games...contributed 310 rushing yards and four TD's to the Seminoles' running game, which ranked second in the ACC averaging 205.9 yards per game...named one of four team captains and the most valuable player on offense for the second straight year at the team's annual banquet.
Ponder played just one year in the HCJCF Era. Here is his bio from that year:
Three-year starter and one of the most successful quarterbacks in school history on and off the field...fifth-year senior entered campaign as the lone active FBS player in the country to have earned an MBA degree (spring 2010) before playing his final season...has collected a myriad of awards along the way, including: NFF Scholar-Athlete; James Tatum Award (ACC's top football student-athlete), Allstate AFCA Goodworks Award and first team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors...won FCA Bobby Bowden Award...first team Lowe's Senior CLASS Award...was also a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Wuerffel Trophy...became the first FSU quarterback since Chris Weinke in 1999 to defeat both Miami and Florida in the same season, delivering the `Noles their unofficial state championship by a combined 52-point margin; the largest ever recorded...is the first Seminole quarterback since Gary Huff in 1971 and 1972 to score two career wins at Miami...ranked among the top five at FSU for career passing yards (4th, 6,872), career completions (3rd, 596), career total offense (3rd, 7,705), career TD passes (tied 5th, 49) and career completion percentage (2nd, 61.8)...his 22 career victories as a starter tied for third in school history...despite a season-long battle with an arm injury, Ponder tossed a single-season, career-high 20 touchdown passes with only eight interceptions in 12 starts...his 49 career TD passes tied for 19th in ACC history...completed 184 of 299 attempts for 2,044 yards in 2010...rushed for 180 yards and equaled his single-season, career-high with four TD runs...had six multi-touchdown pass games, including a season-high four against Samford and three against both North Carolina and Florida...Ponder was especially efficient on third down and in the red zone. Of his 45 third down pass completions, 41 resulted in first downs or touchdowns...FSU led the ACC in third down conversions...in the red zone, Ponder was 30 of 50 for 240 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception...he led the Seminoles to a 9-3 record as the starting quarterback this season...ranks 24th in ACC history for passing yards and total offense.
The winner is...
Was there any doubt? With 94 percent of the vote, Winston was the easy winner, despite his two opponents being first-round draft choices.