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Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston shines bright on the baseball diamond

Mark Townsend
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Florida State freshman Quarterback Jameis Winston was named the 79th and youngest — he’s only 19! — winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, knocking off contenders such as 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. Winston won the voting in landslide fashion, taking home 668 first-place votes to finish with 2,205 total points. McCarron came in second with 704 points.

For the college football fans out there, Yahoo's Pat Forde has the full story on Winston's incredible freshman season that took the ACC by storm and could ultimately lead to a National Championship when Florida State takes on Auburn University in Pasadena, CA. on Jan. 6.

At Big League Stew, we're here to remind you once again that Winston isn't just the best college football player in the country, he's also among the best athletes in college baseball.

If the video above doesn’t make you a believer, maybe the laser throw Mike Oz wrote about in September will.

Winston actually split time between the outfield and pitching mound in his freshman season, hitting .235/.377/.392 with three triples and nine RBIs at the plate while posting a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings as a reliever. Not wowing numbers by any stretch, but the raw ability that motivated the Texas Rangers to select him in the 15th round of the 2012 amateur draft was visible at all times. He’s simply a rare athlete that is likely to succeed at whichever sport he puts his mind to.

Right now, Winston seems more likely to follow in the footsteps of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson actually spent the summer in 2011 playing minor league ball in the Colorado Rockies organization, before re-enrolling in college to continue pursuing a career in the NFL. Two years later, Wilson’s name is being mentioned in the MVP conversation with the Seahawks sporting an NFL best 11-2 record. Obviously made the right call, and his skill set is pretty similar to Winston's.

Ironically, the Rangers selected Wilson in the minor league phase of MLB’s Rule 5 draft this week in Orlando, and there are some reports he might be interested in reporting to spring training in February. Wouldn't that be a story?

As for Winston, regardless of which direction he chooses to go with his career in athletics it will interesting to track his progress. As Mike Oz suggested in September, maybe he'll even follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders (both attended Florida State) and Bo Jackson (both were born in Alabama) as the next notable two-sport athlete.

Unlikely? Yes.

Impossible? Far from it.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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