As we get closer and closer to college baseball season, the college football world is paying attention to Florida State baseball, more than the usual attention that the second most-winningest program in college baseball history usually gets.
The reason? Heisman Trophy winners don't usually play closer for their school's baseball team.
Jameis Winston will suit up for the Seminoles baseball team as the team's closer, outfield and designated hitter, much like he did last year, except Seminole fans will no longer be the only ones with eyes on him. He's already been named to the Preseason All-American Third Team, and the attention will only grow as the season goes on, since FSU is primed to have another successful season.
What some fans don't know is that there are more Seminole players than Winston who suit up for other 'Noles teams. Jimbo Fisher, like a number of prominent coaches, actually prefers athletes who play other sports, since it teaches you how to compete in different ways.
“When you’re dragging players away from other schools, those things matter. Do not think they don’t," said Fisher at last year's signing-day conference. "They don’t necessarily make you win championships but they allow you to get good players. They allow you to do some things that get those extra guys that can be the difference in your classes.”
Track are where most Seminoles find themselves double-dipping, as football players tend to be fast. Marvin Bracy, who was supposed to play football and run track for FSU, left school early to go professional in track, and he's already making a mark, recently winning the 60 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix with a 6.53 time.
Current Seminoles on the track team include sophomore cornerback Ronald Darby, redshirt freshman John Franklin III and wide receiver Kermit Whitfield, the latter of which has the distinction of being one of the fastest players in America. He set the high school record in the 100-yard dash, running it in 10.15 seconds, something that shouldn't surprise many, seeing as he returned a 100-yard kickoff just over a month ago from Auburn.
Track isn't the only sport that has Seminole football players in it, however. Florida State's basketball team plays home to freshman corner Marquez White, who had 12 tackles during the season. He hasn't seen much time at all under Leonard Hamilton, but in the one game he made an appearance (a blowout win over Virginia Tech), White managed to shoot, and make, a three-point shot, his only attempt of his career.
Winston might not even be the only football player moonlighting as a baseball player next year, as incoming running back recruit Jonathan Vickers from North Florida Christian also has the intention of playing America's pastime next year under Mike Martin.