Jameis Winston Eyes National Title in Baseball After Winning BCS Championship

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2014


What does any Heisman Trophy winner do after he led his team to the national title? He tries to win a national title in another sport, of course.

Fresh off of beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS National Championship Game, Jameis Winston is preparing to take the diamond for the Florida State Seminoles this spring.

Jonathan Schillace of Seminoles.com snapped a photo of Winston in the dugout as he was talking to reporters.

As you'd expect, the star quarterback is setting his sights high for this baseball season, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):

"I just want to have an effect on this team like I did the football team," Winston said Friday before his first practice of the 2014 season with Florida State's baseball team. "I just want to be a team player and get this show going."

Of course, that would mean going all the way to Omaha and winning the College World Series. While it sounds a bit crazy, it isn't that much of a leap.

Phil Sears/Associated Press

The Seminoles are coming off of a season in which they compiled a 47-17 record before losing to Indiana in the Super Regional. ACC coaches picked Florida State to win the Atlantic Division this year, and it's the only school listed as a conference favorite aside from Virginia, per Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel.

With Winston, the team has a player who's been to the mountaintop before, albeit in a different sport. That kind of experience can only be beneficial, as outfielder DJ Stewart told the AP:

Having Jameis win a national championship in baseball, I think that's going to bring a lot to our team. He's won a championship, so he's going to bring that to us.

That definitely motivates us. We see our football team do it, we're like, 'Why can't we do it?'

Splitting his time between the mound and the outfield last year, Winston hit .235 with nine runs batted in. He also pitched 27 innings, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and two saves.

Maybe next year he can conquer basketball.