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Double-duty Jameis makes it through spring football unscathed

Jameis Winston AP

One of Florida State’s biggest goals for the spring as the Seminoles prepped to defend its BCS title?  Keep its Heisman Trophy winner upright, healthy and fully functional — on both the football field and baseball diamond.

On that front, consider one-half of the mission accomplished.

In front of a surprisingly sparse crowd of 36,500, the Seminoles wrapped up spring practice with a matchup pitting the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense.  As the triggerman man of that offense, Jameis Winston passed for 396 yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading the Garnett to a 31-14 win over the Gold team Saturday.

While Winston completed just 27 of his 56 pass attempts and tossed one interception, he was playing at a disadvantage on a couple of fronts: one, he was facing what will likely be the toughest and most talented defense he’ll see in the regular season and, two, the Seminoles are in the process of replacing some key weapons on offense — they do return nearly every starting offensive lineman, though — and that simply takes time.

“I thought Jameis started out slow early. We didn’t have many guys open and that secondary was locking them down,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We gradually got guys open and he made some throws.”

Winston will now turn most of his sports focus to the stick-and-ball game.  The redshirt sophomore is a relief pitcher and designated hitter on the Seminoles’ top-ranked baseball squad; Winston was in Atlanta Friday for the start of a three-game series against Georgia Tech, and was leaving Tallahassee for the final game of the set Sunday in the same city.

For his part, Winston was hoping Saturday’s schedule had played out differently for both sports.

“I wish I could of played in [Saturday’s baseball] game, I wish we had a night game so I could rush and skip all [the media duties] and play,” said Winston, whose baseball teammates dropped a 12-4 decision to the Yellow Jackets earlier in the day that extended the club’s losing streak to three straight.

The baseball Seminoles’ season will end sometime in June, in plenty of time for Winston to get a little R & R ahead of the “voluntary” summer conditioning program and summer camp.

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7 Responses to “Double-duty Jameis makes it through spring football unscathed”
  1. realfootballfan says: Apr 12, 2014 11:06 PM

    The student section isn’t what it used to be in Tally. We didn’t ever use to miss a spring game, now the team is scraping by with just over 35k as a defending national champion. SMH. You fickle fans going to go to the Miami and Clemson games next year, or do we have to beg you to do that, too?

  2. psly2124 says: Apr 13, 2014 3:50 AM

    Overrated. The receivers were good and helped out Winston a lot. Will come down to reality. Terrible numbers in a spring game. Completing 50%. Shows what he will do during the season. Jamarcus II

  3. bonerchamp says: Apr 13, 2014 7:06 AM

    By “unscathed” do you mean he didnt rape anyone?

  4. musketmaniac says: Apr 13, 2014 8:19 PM

    boners point was do the cheerleaders looked unscathed

  5. flatulentpet says: Apr 13, 2014 8:42 PM

    Great to see the internet trolls are out in force.

  6. Barry's Triceps says: Apr 14, 2014 3:19 AM

    Im sorry some bimbo wanted double penetration and you shrimp like white boys cant comprehend women go crazy and will do anything to get two ramrods in her….no one was raped. Get over it.

  7. musketmaniac says: Apr 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    white boy here, talk about the double stuff. goes both ways. Know a few black girls who love those white boys gettin all over it.

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