News and Notes from Jimbo Fisher's National Title Presentation Press Conference

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJanuary 7, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.  The final press conference of the BCS era took place on Tuesday morning, as Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was presented with national championship trophies from the Associated Press, FWAA and National Football Foundation.

How did Fisher celebrate? What did he think of quarterback Jameis Winston's performance? Was Auburn stealing signals?

Let's take a look at some of the final storylines from the final game of the BCS era.


Celebrate Good Times

A bleary-eyed Fisher took the stage at the Marriott, fresh off a few hours of sleep and a private celebration.

There was no wild party for the Seminoles' head coach. No private team function at the hotel. No confetti—well, except the small bit leftover from the Rose Bowl field.

Fisher and his inner circle stayed in his hotel room and reflected on what he just accomplished.

"We enjoyed it a little bit last night," Fisher said. "Mainly just come back and had family, and we didn't leave the room, and my mom and my family, my brothers, my friends, and my wife and my kids."

Just how subdued was the celebration?

"We just sat in the room and I half fell asleep, to be honest with you," Fisher said.

I'd say a nap is a deserved after that wild finish.


Jameis Winston Saves the Day

Winston's performance in the BCS National Championship Game didn't start out well. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was rattled by an Auburn defensive front that was able to bring pressure and get him off of his launch point early.

He settled down when it mattered most, though, leading his team on an 80-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a two-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left to give the Seminoles the 34-31 win. 

Winston and the rest of the Seminoles overcame adversity on the field and played their best game of the season.

"The goal was to play our best game on Monday, and you're going to hear me say something that may sound funny to you. I think we did," Fisher said. "I thought our quarterback and our team, and overall—we all played the best game because it wasn't necessarily our 'A' game. We felt jitters, we felt guys wanting to win too much, become outcome oriented and just didn't do some things they did."


So, About That Offseason

Now that Winston has won the Heisman Trophy, capped off a 14-0 season and won the national title as a redshirt freshman, what will he do for an encore?

Maintaining a level head is job No. 1. 

Winston is draft-eligible after next season, and will have a full year of people telling him just how great he is before making the decision to jump to the NFL or stay in Tallahassee.

"I think he'll handle it very well. The thing about Jameis, he's a team-oriented guy and he's not worried about the NFL or anything else," Fisher said.

So just how sure is Fisher that Winston may jump? He joked with's Dennis Dodd that a jump after the 2014 might not be in the cards.

"Don't assume, Dennis," Fisher said. "You know what assume stands for." 


Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Florida State made a subtle adjustment in the second half vs. Auburn when it gave its reserve quarterbacks towels to hide its offensive play calls. Fisher had a hunch that Auburn had caught on to some of its signals, which allowed its defense to be a step ahead.

"They had some of our signals a couple of times," he said. "That's our fault."

Dirty? No, and Fisher agrees.

"You've got to change them, constantly rotate them, being able to get them in different ways. That's part of the game. I don't have a problem with that," he said.


Injured Reserve

The wild 18-point comeback and a fourth quarter that included 31 combined points took a toll on the head Seminole himself. 

Fisher was asked if he hurt himself on Kermit Whitfield's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 4:31 left that gave the Seminoles a 27-24 lead.

"I did pull a hamstring, but it wasn't on Kermit," Fisher said. "It was on Rashad Greene when he got horse-collared...badly."

Something tells me that crystal football he's bringing home from Southern California is the perfect remedy for a pulled hammy.

*Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand.



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