Jameis Winston, the Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback, caught the eye of the sporting nation Monday night in his first game for the Seminoles. It was quite impressive — he was 25-of-27 with 356 yards and four touchdowns, plus a fifth rushing score.
He was a trending topic on Twitter, got a shout out from Kevin Durant and has apparently already entered the Heisman conversation. Not a bad first game for the kid. And while the football world is learning how to say his name — it's like Jamison without the "on" — the baseball world oughta know about Winston too.
He's a two-sport athlete, playing also on Florida State's baseball team. He's from Alabama and his two-sports prowess has already been compared to another two-sport guy from those parts whose name you might know. Bo Jackson? You familiar?
As you'd expect with a quarterback, Winston's weapon is his arm and you can see him doing Puig-like things in the play above. Come from the dart, stay for the location. Right where it needs to be, like quarterbacks are supposed to.
Winston played outfield and pitched for Florida State this season. While he didn't exactly capture the attention of the baseball world the same way he did the football world on Monday night, he was solid as a relief pitcher. He pitched 20 innings, striking out 16 and giving up 12 hits. Opposing batters hit .162 against him. Offensively, he hit .265/.409/.392 with three triples and nine RBIs. Coming out of high school, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2012 amateur draft. He was the 22nd-ranked high-school prospect at the time, according to scouting service Perfect Game.
Here is a highlight video from his first collegiate baseball season that someone on the Internet was kind enough to put together, followed by his highlights from Monday's football game. At the risk of opening a trapdoor to Small Sample Sizeville, you can watch both of them and tell us where you think Winston's future lies — on the football field or on the baseball diamond. Or do you see him following in the flamboyant footsteps of another Florida State great, Deion Sanders, and doing both? Hard to imagine an NFL team ever letting a quarterback play a second sport, but don't let that stop you from dreaming.
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