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Winston looks as good as ever in FSU spring game


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TALLAHASSEE — Jameis Winston admitted he’s been tired at times this spring, and that was before he had 56 pass attempts during Florida State’s spring game.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has pulled double duty between football practices and his role as the closer/utility outfielder for the Seminoles baseball team. He played against Georgia Tech on Friday, flew back to campus at 11 a.m. Saturday, played in the 3 p.m. spring game and then flew back to Atlanta for today’s game against Georgia Tech.

Winston threw for 396 yards and two touchdowns in the defending national champion’s spring game and led the Garnet team to a 31-14 victory over the Gold.

The 56 pass attempts were more than he threw in any game during his dynamic freshman season. He said he hasn’t thrown 56 pitches in a baseball game since high school.

“I was always mentally there,” Winston said of the spring.

“Physically, there were some days I was drained, man.”

Winston didn’t look tired Saturday despite the hectic weekend and a slow start to the game. He completed 27 of 56 passes, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene and a 12-yarder to Jesus Wilson. Winston also had a tipped-ball interception by Jalen Ramsey.

The start was, in part, due to Winston continuing to build chemistry with a receiving corps that lost Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw. The No. 1 offense played for the Garnet team and senior Greene was the only pass-catcher with significant playing experience. Tight end Nick O’Leary was out after a recent motorcycle accident.

Winston worked with an inexperienced group going against one of the nation’s best group of defensive backs. The No. 1 defense played for the Gold.

“The more they play together ... the more you’re going to know each other,” coach Jimbo Fisher said.

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