3 Greatest Quarterbacks in Florida State History

Zach Brunner
Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy as a true freshman.
Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy as a true freshman. / Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Over the past couple decades, the Florida State Seminoles have been among the best programs in the country, consistently fielding great quarterbacks to run their offenses. This includes a couple of Heisman Trophy winners and first-round NFL Draft picks.

Let's take a look back at the three greatest quarterbacks in Florida State history.

3. E.J. Manuel (2009-12)

The only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, E.J. Manuel ranks fourth in the all-time Florida State passing rankings, with 7,741 yards. His best season came during his senior year, as he passes for 3,397 yards and 23 touchdowns while adding another 310 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

2. Chris Weinke (1997-2000)

It wasn't too long ago that Chris Weinke was the unquestioned No. 1 on a list like this. He led the Seminoles to a national championship in 1999 before winning the Heisman trophy in 2000, when he passed for 4.167 yards and 33 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He is also the all-time Florida State passing leader, with 9,839 yards and 79 touchdowns. Despite this college success, he fell to their fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and never found much success at the next level.

1. Jameis Winston (2013-14)

Jameis Winston played just two seasons for the Seminoles, but his time there left a mark on the program. He won the Heisman Trophy and led Florida state to a BCS championship win as a true freshman, passing for 4,057 and 40 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. In just two seasons, he passed for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns, giving him the third-most yards and second-most passing touchdowns in program history.

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