Monday, October 13, 2014
Everett Golson and Jameis Winston Have Followed Similar Paths
Everett Golson and Jameis Winston are two of the premier quarterbacks in all of college football. They both led their teams to the BCS Title game as Redshirt Freshmen. The obvious difference is that Winston finished the job. Both are winners. Neither has lost a regular season game as a starter.
Both have had their off the field troubles. Golson lost a whole year of eligibility due to cheating on a test. Winston has just trouble follow him everywhere. None of us know what happened with that girl, so it really is a bunch of he said/she said. But then he stole crab legs from a store and claimed he just forgot to pay for them. That action got him suspended from the baseball team the rest of the year. Then earlier this season, he got suspended a game for yelling a really obscene remark. Now he might be involved with signing autographs for money. So while both have had their troubles, it does appear that Golson has at least learned from his mistakes.
On the field their numbers this season are similar as well. Golson 1683 yards passing with 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 6 games. Winston has 1605 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in 5 games. Where Golson has an edge on him is in the running game. He has 209 yards with 4 touchdowns while Winston has just 38 yards and 2 touchdowns. Of course, Winston has not fumbled 5 times the last 3 games.
But the thing that these two have in common above all else is that they both are at their best with the game on the line. That is a big reason why neither has tasted defeat in the regular season. That will obviously change for one of them this weekend. But neither will want it to be him. The drama is just crazy thinking about that.