Posted February 07, 2014

Florida State QB Jameis Winston: I plan to play two more college seasons

Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston led Florida State to a BCS title as a redshirt freshman, and is projected as a future No. 1 pick in the NFL. (Harry How/Getty Images)

It appears Jameis Winston might stay in college for a little while longer after all.

On Thursday the Heisman Trophy winner confirmed to the Associated Press what Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher alluded to earlier this week: The star quarterback plans on playing two more seasons of college football.

Winston would enter the 2014 season as a third-year sophomore, meaning the quarterback would be eligible to leave college and enter the 2015 NFL draft once the season ended. But on Wednesday, Fisher told reporters that he doesn’t believe Winston will leave as early as people expect.

“Everybody says he’s going to stay one year and leave,” Fisher said. “Which I don’t think that’s true. I think it will be two.”

Winston told the AP he has a good relationship with Fisher, “so whatever he says most likely is true.” The other part of the equation is Winston’s baseball career, as the quarterback is also a talented pitcher for the Seminoles.

“Obviously I’m a big baseball person,” Winston said, “so that’s an accurate statement because I plan on playing baseball next season anyway.”

While most might interpret Winston’s comments as pretty cut-and-dry, others weren’t as convinced.

Whatever the case, Winston will certainly play the 2014 season, where the Seminoles will be coming off a BCS title with the country’s No. 4 signing class in tow. That class includes two five-star receivers in Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph. There’s no telling what will go into Winston’s eventual decision to leave school early, but Florida State’s success in 2014 — as well as the roster’s returning starters for 2015 — will certainly come into play.

33 comments
SamNada
SamNada

Worked out for Andrew Luck.  So far Winston has been a man of his word and exceeded expectations.  Hopefully that continues.

dwb_alpha
dwb_alpha

After watching that post-championship-game interview, I really hope he stays a couple more years and takes as many English classes as possible.

keeroc15
keeroc15

aha - more coeds to prey upon.

donald5
donald5

I will believe it when I see him in uniform to begin the 2015 season

yehonala04
yehonala04

The scenarios of John Elway and Bo Jackson come to mind about having leverage on which team in the NFL would be first choice for Winston and his future agent being able to influence the selection with MLB as the other choice.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

He's still not sure whether he has a career in baseball, football or both. On that basis staying two more years makes sense.I'm still not sure he'll wind up doing it but that plan does make sense.

Michael39
Michael39

Smart move.  He isn't good enough to get away with rape at the professional level.

MrArlington
MrArlington

There is 0% chance he will play two more years. This is a PR move to make the fan base think highly of him next year. 


He should go pro as soon possible. If he gets injured he would be nothing but a footnote. He needs to monetize himself ASAP. 


I don't think college athletes should get paid a dime. They are choosing to go to college and should drop out of it they feel exploited. That being said, I don't fault a guy a bit for leaving school early to go to the pros. Requiring an athlete to go to college at all is moronic. Can anyone give one good reason for why players shouldn't be allowed to go professional straight out of HS?

brad008
brad008

@keeroc15  And with his loyal pack to help, he'll constantly have a choice...even if some may be hesitant....or, gasp, perhaps unwilling.

further41
further41

@donald5 Amen.  It's one thing to say it now.  It's a completely different thing to say once he is eligible and is looking at being taken #1 over all in a few months and making $$$$$.

further41
further41

@yehonala04 I read a former MLB players evaluation of Winston and it was basically that he is a very raw talent that will never translate to the MLB well because of how much time he spends playing football... (mostly because he is a pitcher)  I know next to nothing about baseball so idk how true any of that is.

Cane87
Cane87

@MrArlington  Because they would get killed.  They need the extra time to get bigger and smarter.

SamNada
SamNada

@MrArlington  

Saying there's "0% chance" means it's an impossibility. That's absurd.  Playing an extra year worked out well for Andrew Luck.  Winston has been a man of his word so far, and has exceeded everyone's high expectations.  There's more than a 0% chance he will continue to do that.

dwb_alpha
dwb_alpha

@MrArlington That's right.  They already get a free path to a premium education...if they would take advantage of it instead of...whatever they do during "college".  Paying them on top of them frivolously throwing away what most of us have to pay $10,000-$20,000/year would be the last insult.

further41
further41

@MrArlington I agree.  If you are guaranteed top ten pick, and in his case he is more like top 2 or 3 and likely #1 overall, you are CRAZY not to make the jump.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@MrArlington He just won the Heisman Trophy and led FSU to the national title.  Why does he need a PR move to get more love from the fan base?

jch2473
jch2473

@MrArlington  You would probably be right if he didn't play baseball too.  He has a good reason to stay.

j7apple
j7apple

@MrArlington  Many of these kids need protected from themselves and ill advised agents.  Physically and most assuredly mentally, 99% of these kids could not handle the rigors of the NFL.



TaraChee
TaraChee

@MrArlington  Because the NCAA wouldn't be happy if they lost their cash cows?... It's a well understood thing really, and the backdrop to why NCAA athletes feel exploited...

Cane87
Cane87

@SamNada @MrArlington  Rapeis is not "a man," of his word or anything else.  Real men don't rape girls and leave them by the side of the road afterward/

further41
further41

@jch2473 @further41@Michael39It would be different if the DA didn't have an established history of self serving corrupt tactics...  Google Willie Megs Corruption.  You will find several articles detailing his self-serving actions in which his cases were overturned with extreme prejudice by the courts. (all long before the Jameis Winston stuff happened)  I realize you FSU fans don't like to hear your golden boy is very likely a rapist. No surprises there.

Chance
Chance

@brad008 @jch2473 @further41 @Michael39  Brad thats not how the legal system works. You can't go after someone without proper evidence based entirely on emotion. All the DNA proved was that they had sex. It doesn't proove it wasnt consensual. How was he being stupid by simply having sex like any other college kid.

brad008
brad008

@jch2473 @further41 @Michael39


"Girl had 3-4 DNA samples on her"...


Imagine that "girl" was the best friend of your daughter/sister, and you learned that three or four FSU football players ( read aggressive, large, dominating and "entitled" men) had her in a room alone and did what they wanted with her. 


Surely, you would believe that these FSU men were, at best, both culpable and stupid,....and likely deserving of some punishment, even if the DA's office believed it could not get a guilty verdict..

jch2473
jch2473

@further41 @jch2473 @Michael39  Right.... because that DA just looooves FSU players.  Clearly he was just helping out his fellow nole.  Have you even read the case notes?  There is a good reason why the case went nowhere fast and still won't.  Where is that civil suit they were threatening?  They know they would get laughed out of court.  Girl had 3-4 DNA samples on her for starters, including on her face and body and those didn't belong to Jameis.  The only bruises were on her knees.  I wonder why?  Hmmm.  Her text and social media records were pulled and reviewed.  That didn't work out well for her to say the least.  Have you noticed how the media pretty much dropped this story completely?  Not even TMZ follows it now.  


People will believe what they want to though.  It's usually Bama and Florida fans who talk the most crap about this.  Sorry that Jameis is innocent.  I know it bugs some people.

SamNada
SamNada

@Cane87 @SamNada@MrArlington  

You have no idea what you're talking about, which makes you a fool.  But I wouldn't expect anything more from a nitwit cane. Read all the evidence.  It's public information and been posted online.