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World’s Worst Kept Secret Revealed: Jameis Winston Named FSU Starting QB

This month, two years ago high school senior Jameis Winston committed to Florida State University over Alabama and LSU.

This month, two years ago high school senior Jameis Winston committed to Florida State University over Alabama and LSU. Winston was a true prep dual threat who accounted for 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground and completed 69% of his throws for an additional 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns. If he’d chosen either one of those schools he probably wouldn’t have touched the field as a starter until his redshirt sophomore season.

On Saturday, the most popular two-sport student-athlete in the nation was officially named Florida State’s starter. In FSU’s spring game Winston made his move by completing 12 of 15 passes for a cool 205 yards and two touchdowns. On the baseball diamond, Winston hit .265 in 102 at-bats and posted a .180 ERA in 14 appearances on the pitching mound.

While it was believed to be a foregone conclusion that Winston would eventually be the starter for Week 1 from the outside looking in, there was still an open competition going on between Winston and Jacob Coker.

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Via Orlando Sentinel:


The competition was so close that Winston won it by out-lasting perhaps the most furious preseason charge Coker could mount. Senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was beyond impressed with the elder signal-caller.


"Jacob had the best — and I mean this wholeheartedly — he had the best camp that I've ever seen since he's been here," Joyner said. "He looked like a new guy in camp. You go home at night and you wonder, 'Who's going to be the starting quarterback?'

"Everybody expected Jameis. I mean, you see him in the newspaper articles here and there. Everyone already had him as the appointed starter, and then you have a guy like Jacob Coker who's just as talented and tough, and having a great camp. As an organization, it was tough. We were always in [the dark]."

From the moment Winston burned Joyner on his first passing attempt of April's spring game for a 58-yard touchdown, he became the favorite in FSU's quarterback race.