Baseball coach Mike Martin is not appeasing the university's most recognizable face simply by letting him moonlight as a pitcher and outfielder when he's not in shoulder pads. Winston is an instrumental piece in the Noles' bullpen, serving as the team's closer. Winston is second on the team in ERA (1.76) and No. 1 in batting average against among pitchers with at least 10 innings accumulated.
"That's just him," Martin told reporters this week. "That's just the way he operates. He loves to be involved."
Winston earned a save and had an RBI walk in the eighth inning Sunday against Georgia Tech to keep alive a rally that helped Florida State take the lead that inning.
Following Wednesday's practice, Fisher said he has sensed his quarterback feeling overworked at times. It wasn't always apparent in his throws, but could be seen in his demeanor. Fisher saw a 20-year-old possibly overexposing himself at times.
That's what Winston wants, though, and when Fisher asked if he needed a break, Winston relented.
"Physically, some days I was drained. I'm a busy man. I got to study and I'm a regular college student. Football is not my job yet," Winston said. "I got to carry out my everyday life. I'm going to be tired sometimes and if Jimbo asks me, 'Jameis,are you tired?' I'm going to say, 'No, coach.' It's how college life is but I love it."