Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Helmet swap: Winston's star power
By Ryan McGee
After winning the Heisman Trophy and the national championship, Jameis Winston is the closer for the No. 1 college baseball team in the country.
On Jan. 6, as Jameis Winston lifted a crystal football and brought the Rose Bowl to a roar, Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin stood quietly offstage. Known around Tallahassee simply by his jersey number, Martin beamed when a fan asked: "Hey, 11! Is he seriously going to play baseball again?"
Martin quipped: "Heck yeah he is. He's mine in two weeks." Then he raised his hands to assuage fears. "Don't worry. I'll take care of him."
So far, so good. Thanks to a wicked off-speed slider and a 90 mph fastball, Winston has allowed five hits and one earned run (with three saves and 13 strikeouts) in seven outings as the closer for the No. 1 Noles.
"A lot of people thought I wouldn't set foot again on the baseball field," says Winston, a part-time outfielder who made 32 starts last spring before his Heisman-winning campaign. "But one of the main reasons I came here is to play both. If any school knows how to help me handle it, it's this one."