With the NFL Combine this week, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and former Baylor QB Bryce Petty picked an interesting place to prepare.
Alongside private QB coach George Whitfield, the two spent time at Michigan and worked with new Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, who knows plenty about preparing players for the NFL as a former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Winston and Petty were both thrilled with how Harbaugh helped them prepare for the Combine, with Winston learning to play a little lower in the pocket and quicken his release and Petty getting advice from Harbaugh on how to use his whole body in his throws and not rely simply on arm strength.
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Considering both Winston and Petty played for accomplished coaches in college — Jimbo Fisher for Winston and Art Briles for Petty — it’s kudos to Harbaugh that both players would pay him the ultimate sign of respect by saying they would want to play for him.
"It was a blessing to meet a guy like that," Winston said in an interview with mgoblue.com. "It was an honor. All of his accomplishments, the type of coach that he is — I wish I could have played for him."
Said Petty: "If there’s anyone you want to play for as a player, it’s a coach like him. Just a fun, energetic guy, passionate about football."
Winston also raved about how ridiculous the facilities are at Michigan, which surely will make it into a Wolverines recruiting film soon. "These guys don’t know how blessed they are to have this type of facility," Winston said. "At Florida State, we’re a very presitigous school and have nice stuff, but we don’t have this."