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2012 Ranking: Consensus 5-star (via 247Sports Composite); No. 15 overall recruit
Time as Backup: One year (redshirt)
2013 Spring Breakdown: Jameis Winston is taking on a lot this spring for the Seminoles. As a two-sport star, Winston is playing baseball and football at the same time this spring.
It is a four-player race to replace departed starter E.J. Manuel, but Winston is expected to be the frontrunner. Head coach Jimbo Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel, "He's not going to miss anything with football. He'll be at every practice, every meeting. If one of our practices overlaps their game, he'll miss their game."
Fisher went on to say this about the young signal-caller:
I come over here the other day [for fourth-quarter conditioning drills] and he blew this thing away. He flew around here like a wild man. He's in great shape. He's probably up there watching film by himself an hour or two every day. Every day, he's been in there studying and going. He's been right involved in the middle of everything.
The guys say he's out there in 7-on-7. He'll go to baseball practice and then go to 7-on-7.
Obviously the work ethic is apparent, and a ringing endorsement like that one from the head coach spells starter.
Living up to the Hype? Win the starting job this spring, and yes. Winston has the talent to be a Heisman contender once he hits the field as the starting quarterback. Watch him make waves this fall as the new star for the Seminoles.