Jameis Winston had one of the best season's in college football history. He won the Heisman Trophy and won the National Championship all in just his first year of football. Winston now is on a quest to help Florida State win a National Championship in baseball for Florida State as he begins his second season with the Seminole baseball team.
Florida State was picked to win the ACC Atlantic Division by the league's coaches. Winston is the favorite to win the closer role for his team. Outside of the pitcher position, Winston also can play in the outfield:
"I just want to have an effect on this team like I did the football team," Winston said Friday before his practice of the 2014 season with Florida State's baseball team. "I just want to be a team player and get this show going."
The reigning Heisman winner has to get back in baseball shape first. Winston has a fastball that reaches 95 mph and a solid slider. Seminoles coach Mike Martin called Winston a "very dominating pitcher" by the end of the 2013 season, but he wants a change-up added to the repertoire.
Winston had a 3.00 ERA in 2013 with a 1-2 record, two saves, 21 strikeouts and 12 walks in 27 innings pitched as a reliever last season. On the offensive side, he hit .235 with seven doubles and three triples in 41 games for the Seminoles.
Winston still has a lot to work on:
"I've got to get back into the swing of things," Winston said. "I used to be a hitter in high school. Now I've got to get back in the groove of things. "That's the one thing I don't like about baseball. In football I can make my adjustments fast. It's more of like a strategize sport. Baseball, if you mess up out there, everyone's looking at you. You can't hide it. I've got to get better at hitting."
Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson better look out. If Winston turns into the ultimate closer, he might be the best modern day two-sport athlete of the past 15 years.
[via Huffington Post]