- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles needed just 60 minutes to learn the 2014 season will be much different from their championship run a year ago.

Winston bullied his way to a Heisman trophy by putting up numbers never seen from a freshman at the FBS level. Things seemed to come easy as Florida State set records for points, yards and the quarterback became the youngest player ever awarded the Heisman statue.

Things weren’t so simple in the 37-31 win over Oklahoma State in the season opener. They Seminoles get a chance at a better showing on Saturday when they host The Citadel.

Winston will have to play better for the Seminoles to win another title, but the quarterback will need more help from the skill positions than he got against the Cowboys. .

The Seminoles led the nation in third down conversions in 2013, but were just 4-for-14 against Oklahoma State. Winston led the nation in quarterback efficiency (184.8) in 2013, but threw more interceptions (two) than touchdowns (one) for just the second time during his career. The FSU offense had three receivers with nearly 1,000 yards in 2013, but Rashad Greene was the primary target with 203 of Winston’s 370 passing yards.

The 20-year-old quarterback said he knows where what went wrong.

“Just me trying to do too much,” Winston said. “Trying to redeem myself or have a game like I had last year instead of just going out there and playing.”

That was easier to do last year with the all the talent Winston had around him.

But Carolina Panthers first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw are both gone. Benjamin provided a unique 6-foot-5, 240-pound target and Shaw was adept at converting third downs.

Against Oklahoma State, Winston turned to Greene. He caught 11 balls, but Winston completed just 25 of 40 attempts.

While Greene may end his senior year as the most prolific receiver in FSU history, but there’s little experience otherwise.

Senior Christian Green, who had 62 of his 73 yards on a single reception, is starting opposite Greene and knows the other receivers have to chip in more.

“We know we have to help out,” Green said. “Teams are going to start going … toward (Greene), so we’re going to have to do our thing. The other receivers (need) to come in and get open and make plays as well. So Jameis can feel comfortable with us and stuff like that.”

The Seminoles will return Jesus “Bobo” Wilson this week after a one-game suspension stemming from the theft of a motor scooter. Coach Jimbo Fisher, Winston and several players have raved about how much the 5-9, 177-pound speedster will add to the offense.

All-ACC tight end Nick O’Leary was expected to pick up some of the slack, but he had just three catches for 28 yards. Fisher said he was the No. 1 option on six plays.

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