Last year, Florida State Seminoles quarterback (and baseball closer) Jameis Winston did both football spring practices and played spring baseball, all while competing for the Seminoles’ starting quarterback position.
That seems to have worked out OK, wouldn’t you agree?
But this year is a little different. The football Noles are now the defending national champions, and the baseball Noles are currently ranked #1 in the nation. Not only has the spring calendar for Winston once again been filled with red (or garnet), but there is also added pressure in both sports.
While it’s true that as a relief pitcher Winston isn’t going to be logging a ton of innings, nor standing in the field for hours at a time, but it can’t be denied that 14 out of 15 spring football practices, coupled with traveling the Eastern Seaboard with the baseball team can wear anyone thin – even Famous Jameis.
If this were any other team but the Seminoles and any other quarterback besides Heisman Trophy-winning Winston, there probably wouldn’t be much attention paid to this. But the fact is with every pitch, with every inning logged, even with every trot out to the mound, there is potential for injury as well as mental and physical fatigue.
”The busier I can get, the better for me,” Winston told Fox Sports’ Bob Ferrante. ”I enjoy doing both, going back and forth. It’s hard on the body but it’s fun. I’m young and I’m pretty sure I can make it.”
Per Ferrantes report, the coaches on both teams will be monitoring Winston’s workload, but will that be enough?
Winston has shown that he’s an energetic and intense player who doesn’t like failure on any level. If one or the other of his games (or teams) begins to falter, how will that affect this young man’s psyche?
Oh well, worst case scenario for Florida State is that he gives up on football and decides to shag fly balls and play pepper for a living.
Easy, Seminole Nation….I said worst case.