Tracking Winston: Spring football game highlight of busy week
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston’s week was a sports-and-travel-filled blur as he went from baseball to football and back to baseball again in both Atlanta and Tallahassee.
Winston’s weekend began in Atlanta on Friday night with the baseball team, where he played the final three innings in the outfield and went 0 for 1 at the plate in a 5-3 loss to Georgia Tech. He spent the night in Atlanta before arriving back in Tallahassee at 11 a.m. for the Seminoles’ spring football game at 3 p.m.
And Winston didn’t just play a half of football. He dropped back 56 times and completed 27 passes for 396 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene in the second quarter and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jesus Wilson in the fourth quarter. He completed just 48 percent of his passes, but the numbers can also be attributed to playing with young receivers and going up against the Seminoles’ No. 1 defense.
After Florida State lost standout receivers Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin, much of this spring has been about establishing a rhythm and communicating with young receivers, and Winston said he has built that with rising sophomores like Wilson, Kermit Whitfield and Isaiah Jones.
"It was way better today," Winston said. "Our first scrimmage it was iffy. Our second scrimmage it got a little better. This scrimmage it was way better."
It was back to Atlanta after the game for Sunday’s baseball series finale. Winston drew an eighth-inning, bases-loaded walk to bring a run home. Josh Delph followed with a two-run single to help Florida State win 5-4. Winston sealed the game by pitching a scoreless ninth for his fifth save of 2014.
"I love big moments like that," said Winston on his at-bat in the eighth. "And obviously I was able to get a walk and Delph came through big. It was good to get a win today."
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Winston has a little fun with the pregame pep talk on Saturday, saying, "This is the only time Florida State can get an ‘L’ on their schedule" to his teammates on the Garnet squad before the spring game.
ON THE MOUND
Winston pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief last week, including 1.1 innings in Florida State’s 8-0 loss at home to Florida on Tuesday. He now has a 1.65 ERA with five saves. Opponents are hitting just .169 this season off Winston.
AT THE PLATE
Winston was patient at the plate in earning the walk on Sunday. But his batting average continues to dip and is at .133. He has four hits in 30 at-bats this season.
IN THE FIELD
Winston does not have an error this season.
Winston can now focus most of his attention on school and baseball. The Seminoles play host to Jacksonville on Tuesday and then travel to play at Wake Forest for a three-game series that begins on Friday.