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Monday, February 24, 2014
Yanks to play Florida State Tuesday

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees could face a hard-throwing Heisman Trophy winner in their first spring training game Tuesday.

Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston acknowledges he'll be "starstruck" facing the Yankees, who are his favorite team.

Florida State, with 2013 Heisman winner and closer Jameis Winston, will play the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Hall of Fame closer and Yankees spring training instructor Goose Gossage said.

Winston told ESPN that he expects to be nervous against the Yankees, who he said are his "favorite team."

"I think I'm going to be a little starstruck," he said.

Winston led the Seminoles' football team to the 2013 national title with a 14-0 record that was capped on Jan. 6 by a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS National Championship. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore has allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in three games this season.

"It will be fun to watch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, he's extremely athletic when you watch him play the game of football. He's got a great arm. Pretty mature for his age."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.