Jameis Winston is staying true to promise to play baseball.
On Friday afternoon, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner took part in the baseball team’s first practice. Winston is expected to have a larger role, which includes being the team’s closer.
“We will use Jameis just like we use everybody else,” Florida State manager Mike Martin told Natalie Pierre of NoleSports.com. “We’re not going to treat him any differently and he doesn’t want to be treated any differently. He’s a Seminole baseball player now. We’re going to use him in the outfield, we’re going to use him on the mound, we’re going to use him as the DH some, but we want him to be our closer when it’s all said and done. That’s what we’re going to prepare him to be.”
Last year, Winston was used a reserve and many expected that after winning a Heisman and lead the Seminoles to a perfect 14-0 season and a national championship, Winston might give up baseball.
“It’s a little different this year, because last year I wasn’t really playing (during football season),” Winston said. “I played a long season. It’s a little wear and tear on your body, but I’m young, man. I can’t act like an old man.”