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Balancing two sports leaves Jameis Winston feeling 'drained'

  • By Dan Parr
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Florida State's Jameis Winston has balanced football and baseball duties this spring.

The recent schedule for Florida State's Jameis Winston sounds downright grueling as he juggles serving as a reliever/outfielder for the Seminoles' baseball team along with his duties as the football team's starting quarterback during spring practice.

On Saturday, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner reportedly took a chartered flight from Atlanta, where he was with the baseball team for its series opener against Georgia Tech on Friday, to Tallahassee for the football team's annual spring game (he missed Saturday's baseball game). After the spring game, he hopped back on a plane bound for Atlanta to rejoin the baseball team for the final game of its weekend series Sunday.

In the days leading up to the weekend, ESPN reported Winston had a baseball doubleheader (last Sunday), a football scrimmage (Monday), a baseball game (Tuesday) and football practice (Wednesday).

Dizzy yet?

Winston admitted Saturday that the grind this spring has taken a toll, but it's a schedule he seems to relish.

"There were some days where I was drained, man," Winston said, according to nolesports.com. "I'm a busy man. I've got to study. I'm a regular college student. Football is not particularly my job yet. So I've got to carry out my everyday life, and I just can't sit around and be lazy all day. I hate being bored."

Winston apparently had the look of a player that was operating on less than a full tank early on in Saturday's spring game, struggling to move the team's No. 1 offense vs. its No. 1 defense and completing only seven of his first 21 passes. Reports indicate he settled in, though, and completed 27 of 56 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns in leading his Garnet team to a 31-14 win over the Gold team.

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"We didn't have many guys open (early)," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said, per nolesports.com. "That secondary was locking them down. But they gradually got open and (Winston) made some throws. ... He made two or three really nice throws in the game."

The worst of Winston's two-sport grind is over -- the spring game was the final football practice for the team until fall camp -- but he could be playing baseball deep into the summer. The Seminoles' baseball team is regarded as the No. 1 team in the nation by some publications and they're among the favorites to make a run during the College World Series in June.

But even though spring practice is over, it doesn't mean we won't see Winston engaging in any football-related activities until fall camp -- he'll probably never get tired of recreating this moment, on the diamond or anywhere else.

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