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Florida State QB Jameis Winston proves his clutch credentials

Winston celebrates post-game after national title win (©GettyImages)
Winston celebrates post-game after national title win (©GettyImages).

For all of the incredible stats that Jameis Winston has put up this season in Florida's devastating sweep of the college game, his performance in the BCS Championship Game 34-31 win against Auburn will earn him the most respect, and equally impress future NFL suitors.

This season, the Heisman trophy winner has surpassed all expectations. Back in 2011 he was named USA Today's High School All-American, but few could have seen his meteoric rise in his first college season.

On his way to setting national records for passing yards (3,280) and touchdown passes (38), Winston became not only the youngest player to win the Heisman, but only the fourth to subsequently go on to win the BCS game.

However, playing in a team that won every game, most at a canter, with an average win margin of over 42 points a game, how can we really analyse how could he is?

This is why Monday's nights huge title game holds such significance. Not only because it was a game with so much riding on it, but because Winston had to lead his team to victory late on.

With only 1:11 left in the game, Florida State started a series on their own 20-yard line 4-points behind. Despite a subdued first three-quarters, the freshman new it was his time to shine.

Winston showed his composure with six completions from seven passes, including a huge 49-yard completion to Rashad Greene, as he helped pull Florida off the canvas and into the record books on his 20th birthday. 

All the great plays he's engineered this season will make for several great highlight reels, but this drive proves he knows how to do it when it matters most.

Aware of how important the drive was, Winston told USA Today that he feels his play on the final drive will earn him the most plaudits.

"I was ready. I wanted to be in that situation because that's what great quarterbacks do. That's what the Brady's, Manning's and Brees' do," he explained.

"Anybody can perform when they're up by 50. I'm pretty sure I got more respect from my teammates on that last drive than I got the whole year."

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