While Jameis Winston will forever be remembered for his first game in an FSU uniform, it is his second game against Nevada that will really tell the college football nation how good he really is.
Two weeks removed from one of the best games in college football history, Winston and the Seminoles host a Nevada team that has been known to throw the ball around a bit out in the west.
The Wolfpack counters everyone’s uber freshman with Cody Fajardo, who does not have the athleticism of a Winston, but he can sling it nonetheless.
Fajardo put up a very good numbers last week, going 18 of 21 for 239 yards and two touchdowns, though it came against UC Davis. FSU is a bit better than the Wolfpack opponent last week and while Nevada could make things interesting early on, FSU might be able to call in this score as well.
The Seminoles beat Pittsburgh in the Panthers' ACC opener 41-13 two weeks ago.
The one thing Fajardo may have going for him is a mobility the Seminoles have not seen yet this season. Where the Wolfpack quarterback can beat you with his arms, he is equally agile and mobile enough to get tough yards and move the chains with his legs.
Here are three things to look for this afternoon at the Doak.
Winston’s second game
I know we were all excited about how the freshman played two weeks ago. But the real test is taking the week off, learning new game film and then seeing if he can do the same thing.
I have all the confidence in the world in Winston, but he lit the world on fire and now the ceiling in Tallahassee is so high. talk about Heisman’s and All-American teams and being better than Charlie Ward are all premature.
If he throws the ball with the same accuracy and can run for a touchdown or two and his numbers are not like they were against the Panthers, the media will say he is overrated.
LaMarcus Joyner vs. Nevada receivers
The true test of a future NFL star is how does he play against the top talent.
LaMarcus Joyner should be a top 10 selection in next year’s NFL Draft and to continue to keep that position, he will need to shut down Ricky Turner of Nevada.
The 5’11”, 180-pound junior has been the main target in the Wolfpack passing game this season. He has 12 catches for 183 yards so far and will run with Joyner most of the day. The 5’8”, 180-pound cornerback may have his hands full.
Running the football
The Seminoles will continue to use a running back by committee approach this week. I am hoping James Wilder Jr. takes a step forward and takes the lead in this department.
While he only ran for 58 yards against Pittsburgh, the Seminoles' running game was not a factor. Rashad Green and the receivers for the Seminoles basically gave the running game the night off. This week will be different and Wilder and his teammates may need to amp it up a bit.