Florida State’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is often in the headlines. And in the summer, that can mean bad news for a fan base. This time, it may mean bad news for the ACC and the rest of college football.
For according to a recent report from AL.com’s Jeff Sentell, those assuming Winston will declare for the NFL draft after the 2014 season may be mistaken, at least according to Winston’s father, Antonor Winston, who said that “We want Jameis to succeed with one more year in baseball and two more years in football. We’ve never strayed from our plan that he is going to be in college until he gets that degree.”
Many are dismissing these comments as pure deflection. After all, it’s certainly nothing new for those surrounding a superstar player like Winston to issue claims like this as a means of quashing speculation. And as of now, Winston is highly desired in both football and baseball– he’d be one of the first players selected in the former, and a probable first-round pick in the latter.
What’s interesting about Winston’s situation, however, is the emphasis he places on academics. Currently on course to graduate in December of 2015, Winston — an academic All-American — recently changed his major from pre-med to engineering with an emphasis in the biomedical or mechanical field. So the real question becomes: is that the move of someone primed to bolt college?
While the question may cause some restless nights for FSU fans, it’s certainly making insomniacs of defense coordinators around the country.