From the sexual assault allegations to the stolen crab legs to the vulgar on-campus yelling to potential violations of amateurism and the student-conduct policy, Jameis Winston is officially a liability – and he’s not just a liability for Florida State, either.
No, Winston, 20, has seriously jeopardized – if not altogether compromised – his future NFL career. Just how bad is it? Winston makes Johnny Manziel look like a choir boy.
“I talked to some NFL people, and it’s beyond somebody getting caught, say, with a positive drug test or breaking the law,” CBS Sports college football analyst Dennis Dodd said on The MoJo Show. “With the stuff he’s done, I had one person with an NFL background tell me, ‘What general manager is going to take the chance and make that guy the face of the program as your go-to quarterback? I think he dropped out of the first round – and it takes a lot, as you know, in the NFL (to drop out of the first round) if you’re a top talent or a top quarterback. This has to be something really bad.
“It’s a character thing,” Dodd continued. “It’s a personality flaw. He’s extremely immature based on what he’s done. But I think the dichotomy is – and the thing that amazes everybody – he’s able to compartmentalize it on the field and have what I think is a Heisman-like year so far. Not counting that game he’s missed, he’s been great on the field.”
Indeed, Winston has thrown for 1,605 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions, as the No. 2 Seminoles (6-0, 4-0) host No. 5 Notre Dame (6-0) on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in a game that will have monumental playoff implications.
Amazingly, we’re already halfway through the season – seven weeks down, seven weeks to go – and 11 of the top 18 teams in the AP Poll have not won a national championship in the last 62 years. Nine of them have not won a national championship, period – and that includes three of the top four (No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Ole Miss and No. 4 Baylor).
“That doesn’t mean that Auburn can’t win, that Alabama can’t win it, that Oregon can’t make a run,” Dodd said. “But I think it’s refreshing.”
Teams are also scoring at a record rate. We’re on pace to average more than 30 points per game per team.
“It’s offense, it’s great coaching, it’s pace of play; everybody seems to be playing faster,” Dodd said. “And I think it’s entertaining as hell right now.”