Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is coming off one of the greatest seasons for a college football player, and now he's starting off his baseball season on a high note after being named a preseason All-American.
Aaron Fitt from Baseball America reported that the publication had named Winston a third-team All-American as a utility player. Winston was an outfielder and relief pitcher for the Seminoles in 2013, hitting .235 with 32 RBI and 21 runs while tossing a solid 3.00 ERA with 21 strikeouts and two saves in 27 innings pitched.
The Seminoles are looking to improve upon a 47-17 record in 2013 where they won the ACC Atlantic Division and went to the NCAA tournament. With Winston on the squad, this team is bound to get plenty of media attention throughout the year.
Despite throwing for 4,057 yards, 40 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions while winning the Heisman Trophy, the BCS National Championship and countless other accolades during the 2013 college football season, Winston still wants to be a two-sport athlete while at Florida State.
During a media session before the national championship game against Auburn, Winston was noted as saying that he wanted to play in Major League Baseball while also continuing to play football, according to Jon Solomon from AL.com:
You can do anything you put your mind to. A lot of people are going to say, no way, he's a quarterback, Bo Jackson was a running back. But if I put my mind to it -- and the one thing I always seem to do is gain the trust of my teammates -- if I can convince those guys I can be your quarterback and still go play baseball for the Atlanta Braves or New York Yankees...
It's been a long time since we've seen such a successful two-sport athlete, so we will have to wait and see what the future holds for the 20-year-old college athlete.
Still, Florida State is a football school that just went undefeated and won a national championship. With Winston being their star player, it's safe to say that head coach Jimbo Fisher will be looking for a strict pitch count for his QB as they prepare to try and win another national title.