After the devastating loss to Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff semifinal game, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has decided to declare for the 2015 NFL draft according to reporter David Hale of ESPN.com. Winston confirmed the decision less than a week after the Ducks dominated Florida State 59-20 in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. According to a statement issued late Wednesday morning by The Legacy Agency, which will represent him:
“After weighing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL draft and forgo my remaining eligibility at Florida State. I reached this very difficult decision after careful consideration and long thought, realizing how difficult it would be to say goodbye to my family at Florida State. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to wear the garnet and gold and have greatly enjoyed my time as a Seminole, both as an athlete and a student in the classroom.”
“I will always take pride in leading our team back to national prominence and am confident that my returning teammates will continue the success for many years to come.”
“To the fans, I can’t thank you enough for the support you showed me and the team over the last three seasons; it was a humbling experience to bring the Championship back to Tallahassee for you all to enjoy.”
“To my teammates, it’s been an incredible opportunity to play with the most impressive collection of talent and people the game has seen; you all have been there for me through the highs and lows and the relationships we have formed extend well beyond the field. For this, I thank you.”
“To the coaching staff and especially Coach Fisher, I am forever grateful for the ways you developed me as a player and a person as I have grown over the years. I knew I made the right decision to come to Florida State four years ago and couldn’t be happier with this choice as I write this today.”
“As I embark in the next challenge of playing in the NFL, I look forward to contributing to a long line of successful alumni at the next level. I want you all to know that I will make Seminole Nation proud and continue to bring the passion and love for the game you all have seen in Doak Campbell since my first day as a ‘Nole. Thank you for making my time in Tallahassee the of the best years of my life.”
Despite all the off-the field scandals which includes a sexual assault allegation and a one-game suspension for yelling an obscene phrase on campus, Winston’s statistics were among the best in college football. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback ranks fourth in touchdown passes (65), fourth in passing yards (7,964) and second in passes of 20 yards or more (124) since the start of the 2013 season. Winston has been widely considered a dual-threat and often compare to Donovan Mcnabb among NFL teams.