Fisher Says Winston Continues to Grow as QB

Tallahassee, FL---Jimbo Fisher talks about the continuing maturation of Jameis Winston as a quarterback as the Seminoles prepare for the ACC title game against Duke.

Nov 9, 2013; Winston-Salem, NC, USA;Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) stands on the field during the first quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Florida State defeated Wake Forest 59-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Tallahassee, FL---You can call Duke the last potential stumbling block for the Florida State Seminoles on their way to the BCS Championship game.

The game against the 10-2 Blue Devils comes Saturday in the ACC title game in Charlotte. Just like against the Gators, Florida State will go in to that one as four touchdown favorites.

And there's good reason to believe FSU and quarterback Jameis Winston in particular are better off for this next game coming off a the game in the Swamp.

Even though the Seminoles won by a comfy 30 point margin, Winston was tested with constant pressure, and as the game progressed, made better and better decisions. A continuation if you will, of a steep learning curve all season long says coach Fisher.

"His ability to study and learn from his mistakes and also advance his knowledge of what he's trying to do and how to get guys the ball and what guys are trying to do to him now when they play against our offense, how they cover us and take a guy away - I think that's where he's really evolving." Coach Fisher says. "When they take this away, he's able to go to this part of the game. He truly understands the why's of the game and I say that all the time. If you don't understand why you do something, you can never repeat it and be consistent. I think that's the one thing about him that excites me so much and that's why he's been so consistent because he understands the why's of the game."

Tuesday Jameis named ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, though he was not a unanimous choice, 5 other players received votes. Virginia Tech defensive back Kendall Fuller named Defensive Rookie of the year and Duke's David Cutliffe was named ACC Coach of the Year.


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