Jameis Winston to Texas!
No, not really.
Winston, Florida State’s freshman quarterback, said Friday that if Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher somehow filled the vacancy at Texas, he would become a Longhorn.
“Even if coach Fisher goes to Texas, I’m going to ask him, ‘Can I go with you?’ ” said Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, who leads the Seminoles (13-0) against the Auburn Tigers (12-1) in Monday night’s BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. “Yeah, I’m serious. He’s my coach.”
But a few seconds after that reached the Twitter-sphere, Winston said it was a joke.
Winston did acknowledge that Texas once was a favored destination because he loved Vince Young. He never drew any interest, though, even after trying to reach Mack Brown himself.
FSU’s Duck Dynasty
During training camp, FSU C Bryan Stork, TE Nick O’Leary and OL Ryan Hoefeld came up with a competition. Who could grow the nastiest beard?
“Kind of a bummer, I had to trim it for the Orlando awards show at Disney World,” Stork said. “He’s winning right now. Mine’s a little tamed up right now.”
O’Leary, meanwhile, could walk unnoticed onto the set of “Duck Dynasty” or perhaps join the Boston Red Sox.
“I’m ready to get it off my face,” said O’Leary, who confirmed he will shave Tuesday — after the BCS title game.
King of the hill
With FSU playing for a national championship and the Florida Gators coming off a 4-8 season, Seminoles passing game coordinator Lawrence Dawsey was asked how those dynamics affect recruiting. He just smiled.
“Guys want to win,” Dawsey said. “We’re getting a chance to get quality players. We’re not having kids flipping back and forth, because we’re winning. We’re fortunate to be where we’re at, and hopefully we’ll continue to get better.”
ESPN analyst Desmond Howard, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan, said he doesn’t believe either team will have long-term recruiting domination in the state of Florida.
“It’s cyclical,” Howard said. “Florida had Tim Tebow. Florida State has Jameis Winston. It swings back and forth. One won’t stay up and the other won’t stay down.”
FSU junior RB James Wilder Jr., the former Plant High School standout, should not entertain thoughts of leaving early for the NFL draft, according to ESPN analyst Todd McShay. “He needs to come back and get better,” McShay said. Wilder, part of FSU’s backfield rotation, rushed for 542 yards (6.9-yard average) and eight touchdowns.
McShay said he considers Seminoles junior DT Timmy Jernigan as a definite first-round pick. If junior OT Cameron Erving and WR Kelvin Benjamin come out, they could also become first-rounders. Meanwhile, senior CB Lamarcus Joyner projects as a second-rounder.
In 2015, echoing the popular sentiment, McShay said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Winston was the No. 1 overall pick.