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Jameis Winston says he plans to stay two more years at FSU

Jameis Winston AP

Looks like Jameis Winston wants to stick around college football for a while.

At least that’s the plan right now.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner told the Associated Press on Thursday that he wants to play two more seasons for Florida State rather than leave after next season, when he’ll be draft eligible.

One reason for Winston’s current plan is baseball. The two sport star, who is expected to be a relief pitcher this spring, wants to play for the Seminoles in 2015, around the time he would be preparing for the NFL draft if he chose to leave.

“Obviously I’m a big baseball person, so (him staying two more years) is an accurate statement because I plan on playing baseball next season anyway,” said Winston. “I’m not even worried about the draft and stuff like that. I’m worried about winning championships here at Florida State.”

Our cynical side sees Winston’s proclamation as nothing more than a ploy to keep such questions off his plate as he moves forward. Once the reality of being the top overall pick in the next NFL draft is dangled in front of him, it’s going to be really hard to turn down all that money, not to mention the challenge of testing his talents at the highest level.

However, our idealistic side finds it refreshing that Winston wants to stay and compete in the two sports he loves, if only for one extra season. Until proven otherwise, you have to take him at his word, which means that FSU fans should be downright giddy at the idea of Winston under center in 2015. If he’s this good now, how good will he be two falls from now?

Time will tell whether Winston’s mind changes, but it’s nice to know that college football’s biggest star is considering hanging around.

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12 Responses to “Jameis Winston says he plans to stay two more years at FSU”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    I tend to believe him. Besides, despite all the quick fame and fortune, he has a LOT of room to grow. That’s the scary good part of it all.

  2. gatorfan1 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:35 PM

    Oh No, Hide the women!!!

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 6, 2014 11:03 PM

    gatorfan1 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:35 PM

    Oh No, Hide the women!!!
    ———–

    They’ll have to hide Muschamp after that 6-6 nightmare coming next year.

  4. sammadison says: Feb 7, 2014 2:10 AM

    @gatorfan1. I am sure we will enjoy throwing the ball to ermon lane and handing it off to dalvin cook for the next two seasons.

  5. sammadison says: Feb 7, 2014 2:11 AM

    He will enjoy *

  6. infrno says: Feb 7, 2014 9:14 AM

    Don’t take that bet.

  7. noleitup says: Feb 7, 2014 10:27 AM

    I want to believe this but 22-25 million guaranteed is hard to turn down

  8. florida727 says: Feb 7, 2014 4:23 PM

    He plans to stay for two more years.

    I’m planning on marrying Christie Brinkley.

    I’m guessing the odds are about the same :)

  9. normtide says: Feb 7, 2014 7:27 PM

    I’m totally shocked and amazed that FSU fans expect him to stay.

    Seriously though, it’s a huge risk for a known #1 overall to come back a year. See Barkley at USC. Before you say totally different athlete, remember the hype around him at the time. Only a fool would take a chance on losing that much $.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Winston is good. Barkley wasn’t anything more than USC hype. Big difference.

  11. mrba4775 says: Feb 7, 2014 8:01 PM

    This will help Winston to polish his quarterback skills for the NFL. By 2016, Winston will be the prototype & more mature [22 years old ].

  12. realfootballfan says: Feb 9, 2014 10:36 AM

    For people doubting his sincerity, Winston really loves playing baseball as much as football. Right now and maybe always, he is a better football player. If he goes pro in football though, his baseball career ends except the novelty spring training appearance if an NFL team would agree to that, which is highly questionable. Guys who consistently throw in the mid 90s with good control don’t grow on trees. He might be looking to put off that inevitable decision until he truly knows where his baseball skills realistically stand in comparison to his football skills, which are by no means completely polished at this point either.

    There is alot of other things he needs to work on as a QB such as drifting in the pocket, not being patient enough to take the check down when it’s there, and a bit of a hitch in his delivery.

    Therefore, I really believe he will stick around for at least 2 more years just because he is that confident in himself and will want to play baseball as long as he can to determine if it’s not the better career for him long term.

    Before people scoff at that notion, Joe Mauer was once considered a much better QB prospect and was pegged as the FSU savior but never made it on campus and it’s worked out pretty well for him in baseball.

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