The pressure of the spotlight had little affect on Winston, who opened his Florida State career with a near-flawless performance -- 25 of 27 for 356 yards and five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing) in a 41-13 rout of Pittsburgh on Sept. 2.
Now Winston appears calm for his first home game as No. 10 Florida State (1-0) plays Nevada (1-1) on Saturday.
"When you're the quarterback of a big university, you're going to get that," Winston said. "All eyes are going to be on you. When you stay grounded, that's where you gain respect from everybody."
Winston has also gained the respect of his Seminole teammates. His play has spoken volumes but it's also how he downplays the attention and focuses on the opponent that impresses them.
"He has to keep on fulfilling the prophecy," cornerback Lamarcus Joyner said. "That was a great first game from a young guy. People expected so much from him. We know what he's capable of. When you see him do it, it's like, `We really do have something with this kid.'"
Florida State will have a few players back from injuries following a bye week. Tailback James Wilder is practicing after hurting his shoulder against Pitt. Guard Tre' Jackson (foot) is also expected to play on Saturday against Nevada.
Florida State also will work in safety Karlos Williams at tailback. Williams, who played both positions in high school, has been working with the running backs in practice but will still see some playing time on defense.