April 17, 2013
By: Jonathan Schillace
The Florida State football team wrapped up spring practices with the annual Garnet and Gold Game inside Doak Campbell Stadium on April 13 in front of nearly 30,000 fans.
"Finished up a good spring ball, was very pleased. Thought we made a lot of progress in all three phases," said Jimbo Fisher, "Really like the development of what we are doing up front. Quarterbacks all have their talents and can really do some things, they are developing nicely."
But to most fans, there was one Quarterback that stood out. All the talk was about former 5-star signee, Jameis Winston who got his first chance to perform in a game like situation for the garnet and gold and felt comfortable going in.
"I had confidence," said Jameis Winston, "My offensive line said 'Let's go Jameis.' And Rashad was in the huddle and they were like, 'Let's do it.'"
And do it he did, right out of the gates completing his first throw for a 58-yard touchdown.
"We had four verticals on and he read the inside one to his number two outside read and had a little seam and dropped it in the right spot," said Fisher, "Those are hard to do when you come off the bench like that, but he had the knack and hit it right on the money."
It was that playmaking knack that was so impressive and a presence that reflected that of a veteran -- not a redshirt freshman. Winston finished the day throwing for 205 yards on 12 of 15 passing with 2 touchdowns. A performance Coach Fisher was pleased with.
"He took advantage of opportunities," said Fisher, "You know, you put out opportunities out there for guys and that's what you got to be. He took advantage of the opportunities he had today on the stage he had and I thought he did a good job."
A great showcase of what could come in the near future, but Winston isn't satisfied.
"I got to get better," said Winston, "I got to get better on my reads and play recognition and just different things, I got so many aspects of my game that I got to get better."
And that's where the excitement comes from, knowing Winston can only get better from here. With a quarterback competition that will now head into fall camp this August, a strong spring performance like the one Winston displayed in April could go a long way towards determining Florida State's new starter under center come September.