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Jameis Winston snubbed on Athlon's top 50 players of last 50 years

To celebrate 50 years of covering college football, Athlon Sports' preseason magazine ranked its top 50 players of its era.

Georgia running back Herschel Walker was No. 1, followed by Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) and Archie Griffin (Ohio State).

Other notables on the list were Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 6), Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders (9), Oklahoma defensive tackle and Bucs legend Lee Roy Selmon (13), Miami safety Ed Reed (34) and Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel (48).

The full list is in the magazine (always worth picking up), and Fox Sports' The Audible podcast had an interesting discussion about it recently. We can quibble over some of the names that were left of, but here's one that jumped out.

Jameis Winston.

Winston, obviously, was a star at FSU. He won the Heisman Trophy. He finished 26-1 as a starter. He led the Seminoles to two ACC titles, a national championship and an appearance in the first College Football Playoff. His 9.36 yards per passing attempt are the sixth best since 1956. 

The biggest negative on Winston is the same now as it was during the NFL draft process. He threw 28 interceptions in 27 games. That's a lot. The 18 he threw in 2014 were the second most in the country.

Compare that to a recent quarterback who did make the list. Oregon's Marcus Mariota (No. 47) had a ridiculous touchdown-interception ratio of 105-14 (in 41 games). He also had a rather notable head-to-head win over Winston's Seminoles.

So what do you think? Was Winston one of college football's top 50 players of the last 50 years?

[Last modified: Thursday, June 8, 2017 3:22pm]


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