Jameis Winston leads Florida State to BCS title, turns his attention to baseball


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The final BCS championship game sent the outmoded method of choosing the national champion out in grand style, but it was a surreal scene.

You could blame ESPN’s Megacast, which offered any number of ways to watch the game. There was the dynamic duo of Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel on one channel, celebrities (including one who asked “what do you call the person who hikes the ball”) on another, coaches breaking down film live on another, a fabulous vista of the entire field on yet another and the oddly soothing voice of Nick Saban analyzing the game.

Whew.

It takes a big performance to overcome that and Jameis Winston delivered when it mattered, leading Florida State to a victory over Auburn. It’s been a giddy rise for the redshirt freshman, who won the Heisman last month. And he took another step Monday night, finding a way to win when he wasn’t having a particularly good game. It was a situation that he’d prepared for by studying NFL quarterbacks.

“I was ready,” he told reporters after the game. “I wanted to be in that situation. That’s what great quarterbacks do. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, that’s how great quarterbacks do.”

He drew the kind of acclaim they do, too.

Soon enough, though, he’ll turn his attention away from football and focus on trying to do a national-title double dip when he returns to Florida State’s baseball team, for whom he is a right fielder, designated hitter and bullpen closer. The Seminoles are ranked fifth in the nation and Winston has made no secret of his desire to play both sports, like Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. He might as well give that a shot — until next fall, when he’ll try to match this football season.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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