Jameis Winston Matches Hype

Jameis Winston Matches Hype

There's no way that the reality lives up to the hype. But sometimes it does. The Jameis Winston Era began with 11 straight completions. And he completed 19 of his first 20 passes. There were also four first-half touchdowns.

There's no way that the reality lives up to the hype. But sometimes it does.

The Jameis Winston Era began with 11 straight completions. And he completed 19 of his first 20 passes. There were also four first-half touchdowns.

Not a bad opening night for Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback.

Winston threw for 356 yards and had five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing) as No. 11 Florida State opened with a 41-13 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night.

It's the most yards and touchdowns ever by a Florida State freshman -- true or redshirt -- making his first career start. And it's arguably the best debut game by a Florida State first-time-starting quarterback.

"It was just easy money to me because we have so many veterans with me," Winston said on TV after the game. "We were so anxious for this game."

By comparison, Drew Weatherford (2005) and Chris Rix (2001) won their first career starts as redshirt freshmen. They combined, however, for just 202 passing yards and two touchdowns. Winston obliterated those numbers ... in the first half.

Winston had one of the best passing games -- in terms of accuracy -- of any Florida State quarterback. Danny Kanell completed 28 of 32 passes (87.5 percent vs. NC State in 1995). And Winston's completion percentage was very similar 25 of 27 (92.5 percent).

"I've been preaching it all off season -- Jameis Winston has the tools to be the best ever to play QB at FSU," Kanell wrote on Twitter during the game.

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