By Dan Treadway
January 07, 2014

(Skip to 1:04 mark to see Dilfer's prophecy)

Before he was a Heisman-winning national champion, Jameis Winston was just a high school kid hoping to make the most of his talent. What's clear from the video above, which was shot in July of 2011 at the Elite 11 quarterback camp, is that Super Bowl-winner and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer was able to see early on what most of us know now: That Jameis Winston is one of the most talented football players of his generation.

Beyond correctly predicting that Winston would someday be clamored for by NFL teams, Dilfer also provided what would turn out to be a prophetic insight into Jameis' performance in Monday night's national championship game:

"It's going to come down to 3rd and 7 in the fourth quarter, down by 4, and they're going to keep you in the pocket. They're not going to let you be fast and quick and all that. And that's going to be a mistake because you're going to beat em' here (points to his head)"

As it would turn out, during Monday night's game, Winston's Florida State team would be down by 4 in the fourth quarter, except he would be facing 3rd and 8 (how did you not see that coming, Trent?). With pressure coming, Winston would stand strong in the pocket and deliver a pass over the middle that only his player had an opportunity to catch. The play would draw a pass interference flag, which would eventually set up Winston's eventual game-winning touchdown pass to lift the Noles over Auburn:

(Play occurs at 2:55 mark)

Not bad, Trent. Not bad at all.


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