(Tallahassee.com) - Charlie Ward certainly thinks Jameis Winston can do it.
Winston, Florida State's returning redshirt sophomore quarterback and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, will enter the 2014 college football season favored to join Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) as the second-ever two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
In May, one betting website tabbed Winston as the favorite to repeat with 7-to-2 odds.
Another just recently posted 2-to-1 odds (considered to be the most likely to happen) that Winston will again capture college football's most coveted individual award.
Other favorites include quarterbacks Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Bryce Petty (Baylor) and running back T.J. Yeldon (Alabama).
"I think Jameis has a good chance of being successful and making that happen," said Ward, the Seminoles' first Heisman Trophy winner in 1993 as a senior.
"I think that is his goal. But I also think if he had the chance to repeat as a national champion, as opposed to being a repeat Heisman winner, I am sure he'd turn it (Heisman) down."
For the second year in a row and the fifth time in seven years, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will return to defend his crown.
Winston, who also led the Seminoles to the national title last season, follows Johnny Manziel (2012), Mark Ingram (2009), Sam Bradford (2008) and Tim Tebow (2007) as a Heisman returnee.
Repeating hasn't been easy, though Griffin believes it will happen. One day.
"I have no idea, because my feeling was 'If I was able to do it twice, I know someone else can do it twice.' And I've felt that way for a long, long time," Griffin told The Huffington Post in 2012.
"And I know that it's going to happen. It's just a matter of when it's going to happen."
Army fullback Doc Blanchard (1945 winner) had the first chance, but he finished fourth behind teammate Glenn Davis in 1946.
Oklahoma running back Billy Sims (1978) was the closest to joining Griffin as a double-winner, finishing second in 1979 – 992 points behind senior running back Charles White of USC.
Last year, Manziel was listed as the favorite to repeat with 4-to-1 odds. But "Johnny Football" finished fifth behind Winston, Alabama's A.J. McCarron, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch and Boston College's Andre Williams.
Ward thinks Winston has a better chance of repeating than Manziel did for one very important reason.
The 2014 Seminoles, coming off a 14-0 season and expected to be ranked preseason No. 1, will be better than the 2013 Aggies (9-4).
"Jameis' situation is a little different than Johnny's situation last year due to the type of team Jameis has coming back, compared to what Texas A&M had," Ward said.
"FSU simply has more overall talent."
Oddsmakers have tabbed FSU a two-touchdown favorite in every one of its games this upcoming season.
The Seminoles' strength of schedule, according to the NCAA's method (opponents' won/loss record from previous season), ranks 47th (83-68).
Of course, Winston must also stay healthy and perform at a high level to be in the Heisman mix.
On Thursday, Winston will be in Thibodaux, Louisiana, for the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy to serve as quarterback counselor to over 1,200 high school campers.
Last year, Manziel did not finish his scheduled stay because he missed assigned meetings and practice sessions, apparently due to illness, according to reports.
Manziel was a first-round selection (22nd overall) by the Cleveland Browns in May's NFL Draft.
Repeat Heisman History
1945: Doc Blanchard, Army, Jr.1946: Fourth
1948: Doak Walker, Jr. Southern Methodist. 1949: Third
1950: Vic Janowicz, Jr. Ohio State. 1951: Did not finish among Top-10
1963: Roger Staubach, Jr. Navy. 1964: Did not finish among Top-10
1974: Archie Griffin, Jr. Ohio State. 1975: Griffin, Ohio State
1978: Billy Sims, Jr. Oklahoma. 1979: Second
1982: Herschel Walker, Jr, Georgia. 1983: Entered USFL
1988: Barry Sanders, Jr., Oklahoma State. 1989: Selected 3rd overall by Detroit
1989: Andre Ware, Jr., Houston. 1990: Selected 7th overall by Detroit
1990: Ty Detmer, Jr., BYU. 1991: Third
1991: Desmond Howard, Jr. Michigan. 1992: Selected 4th overall by Washington
1994: Rashaan Salaam, Jr., Colorado. 1995: Selected 21st overall by Chicago
1997: Charles Woodson, Jr. Michigan. 1998: Selected 4th overall by Oakland
2003: Jason White, Jr. Oklahoma. 1994: Third
2004: Matt Leinart, Jr. USC. 2005: Third
2007: Tim Tebow, So., UF. 2008: Third
2008: Sam Bradford, So., Oklahoma. 2009: Did not finish among top-10
2009: Mark Ingram, So., Alabama. 2010: Did not finish among top-10
2010: Cam Newton, Jr. Auburn. 2011: Selected 1st overall by Carolina
2011: Robert Griffin III, Baylor. 2012: Selected 2nd overall by Washington
2012: Johnny Manziel, Fr. Texas A&M. 2013: Fifth
2013: Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State. 2014: ???