FSU-Clemson: Here's what to watch
October, 17, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
This week, I will be hitting the road to see a pair of games.
Thursday, I will be in Chapel Hill to take in Miami at North Carolina before heading south to see a clash between two top-five teams: Florida State at Clemson on Saturday. There will be plenty of prospects to watch, including our top-ranked WR in Clemson's Sammy Watkins and top-ranked TE in North Carolina's Eric Ebron. However, the four quarterbacks will headline the scouting trip. I will be getting my second live look at Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and North Carolina QB Bryn Renner. At the same time, I will be getting my first up-close look at Miami's Stephen Morris and Florida State's Jameis Winston, who, as a redshirt freshman, is not draft eligible, but has been the most physically gifted quarterback I have watched on tape this season.
Below are some other thoughts from my film study of the coaches' tapes in preparation for Saturday's game, including an in-depth personnel and scheme breakdown of how the Seminoles and Tigers match up.
Florida State's Offense vs. Clemson's Defense
Winston (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) is playing at a highly advanced level in his first five career starts. His physical tools are evident on tape. He possesses an excellent combination of size, arm strength, mobility, accuracy and touch as a passer. However, what has been unique about his play is the presence and poise he displays at such a young age. Winston feels the rush naturally and maneuvers within the pocket to avoid the rush while working through progressions. He has made sound decisions distributing the ball to a talented and versatile receiving corps headlined by WRs Rashad Greene (6-0, 180), Kenny Shaw (6-0, 170), Kelvin Benjamin (6-5, 234) and TE Nick O'Leary (6-3, 248).