Top-ranked Florida State's Jimbo Fisher emerging as 1 of the best QB coaches in college ranks

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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2014, file photo, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and quarterback Jameis Winston (5) pose for a photo during their NCAA college football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Fisher may be the pre-eminent quarterback coach in college football. He has had eight quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 2001, works with reigning Heisman winner Jamies Winston and two of his former Seminole disciples are expected to start for other major college programs this year. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)


FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2007, file photo, then-LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell (2) talk at practice in New Orleans. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher may be the pre-eminent quarterback coach in college football. Fisher helped turn JRussell into the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft when he was at LSU. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)


FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2011, file photo, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, talks with EJ Manuel, right, in the second half an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Fisher has had eight quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton), File


TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida State's Jimbo Fisher may be the pre-eminent quarterback coach in college football.

He has had eight quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 2001, works with reigning Heisman winner Jamies Winston and two of his former Seminole disciples are expected to start for other major college programs this year.

The base of Fisher's teachings can be summed up in one word: Why.

Fisher, 48, wants his quarterbacks to not only master the offense but understand why the system works the way it does. Fisher's father used to pepper him with the question after games. That stuck and Fisher would ask his coaches the same thing.

STATS LLC says Fisher is the only coach in college football that has had three quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2007.

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