Jameis Winston

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


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.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.