It’s been a long time coming for EJ Manuel and Florida State.
How many times have we written “This is the year that FSU will be good again?” only to have it blow up in our faces later?
Maybe it’s premature to say that the Seminoles are truly “back,” but I don’t think it’s too early to hail the progress that has been made with Manuel under center.
On Saturday against No. 10 Clemson, FSU finally came to play in a big game.
And Manuel was the star of the show.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior went 27 of 35 for 380 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 102 yards on 12 carries. He directed an FSU attack that piled up 667 yards of total offense while looking more explosive than it has in ages.
Down 31-21 midway through the third quarter, Manuel didn’t panic. He led FSU to 28 unanswered points to bury the Tigers and solidify the ‘Noles as legitimate national title contenders.
For this, he is our Heisman Player of the Week.
In the process, he has inserted himself into the Heisman conversation. If he keeps it up, he’ll be the first Seminole to make it to New York as a Heisman finalist since Chris Weinke won the trophy in 2000.