College football’s best player in 2013 has been named one of the best college baseball players expected to play in 2014. Baseball America named Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston to their third team All-America preseason team on Monday.
Winston was named to the third team as a utility player. Winston played in the outfield and pitched for Florida State in 2013, which should be expected of him again in 2014 for the baseball team. One of the reasons Winston chose to attend Florida State was the opportunity to play both sports.
Winston was a consensus All-American in football in 2013, which should come as little surprise considering he was the Heisman Trophy winner in a runaway competition down the stretch. Winston’s successful season also saw the two-sport star take home the Walter Camp Award, the Manning Award, a handful of additional player of the year honors as well as ACC conference honors for player of the year, offensive player of the year, offensive rookie of the year and rookie of the year. Winston ended the season by leading Florida State to a fourth quarter rally for the BCS Championship against SEC champion Auburn.
Last season on the baseball field Winston batted .235 and had a 3.00 ERA while playing the outfield and pitching in relief for the Seminoles. Florida State played in the NCAA tournament and won a conference championship as well.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.
Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5. The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.
De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland. Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.
“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”
Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).
In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well. The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury