On Sunday, Florida State Seminoles redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston drew quite a bit of attention. And you guessed it, it was related to Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.
Here's how the whole thing went down, via Perry Kostidakis of FSView:
"If I ever get Manziel disease, I want all of you to smack me in the head with your microphones" I could listen to Jameis for hours— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) August 11, 2013
Kostidakis added, however, that Winston meant nothing disrespectful by the comments and was more speaking on a need to remain careful when in the spotlight:
Probably should mention that Jameis talked very highly of Manziel— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) August 11, 2013
"He's a great guy, likes to have fun just like me. Just when all eyes are on you you got to be careful"— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) August 11, 2013
And then he dropped the mic:
GUYS JAMEIS WINSTON JUST DROPPED THE MIC https://t.co/3SWliS4uHL— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) August 11, 2013
Of course, as David Hale of ESPN notes, it's not always that easy:
The reaction to Jameis repeating reporter's phrasing of "Manziel disease" is a good 1st lesson in how hard it is to avoid Manziel disease.— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) August 11, 2013
Until Winston earns the starting gig as QB—he's currently in a positional battle with redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker—he won't have to worry about being "afflicted."
Winston is considered one of the top young players in the ACC—he also plays baseball. He was a relief pitcher and outfielder for the Seminoles last year.
As for football, he completed 12-of-15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Garnet and Gold spring game.
Standing at 6'4", 225 pounds, he and 6'5'', 240-pound Coker have the size and running ability to be dangerous in 2013. Hopefully the charismatic Winston can avoid another outbreak of "Manziel disease."