Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Two-sport redshirt freshman Jameis Winston will be Florida State’s starting quarterback, edging sophomore Jacob Coker.
Coach Jimbo Fisher had been reluctant to officially name a starter, insisting that Winston and Coker were on equal footing entering fall camp.
“It’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to go through,” Fisher said. “It’s not coach-talk. We truly have two good quarterbacks, guys I feel very confident with either one making plays.”
Fisher noted that the competition between Winston and Coker raised each other’s performance every day.
“They kept pushing each other and did it in a great way. It made us better as a football team,” Fisher quipped.
The hype surrounding Winston reached a tipping point in Florida State’s spring game when the he completed 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Within a week, veteran Clint Trickett transferred, and fans quickly anointed Winston the next big thing.
He was also a relief pitcher and outfielder on the 2013 Seminoles baseball team, which reached the NCAA Super Regional.
Fisher has worked to keep expectations realistic whenever possible, but admits it’s a blessing that he’s getting all that publicity.