Jameis Winston on Boston College


Posted Sep 25, 2013


Jameis Winston answered questions about Florida State's upcoming game against Boston College on Wednesday. See what he had to say here.

On playing his second road game after opening the season at Pitt:

“I just love away games period. I think they’re just fun games, and we get to travel, so that’s always fun. I’ve never been to Boston before, but I’ve heard it’s pretty nice. We’re only there for one day, it’s not like a baseball trip.”

On what he has seen from Boston College’s defense on film:

“A lot of different things. They are very complicated, so it’s going to be a real fun game with a lot of different schemes and packages that they bring to the table, so it’s going to be fun.”

On facing blitzes:

“Me personally, I love when they blitz because I have a veteran offensive line that knows when they’re blitzing – they’re actually watching film so they know when something’s coming, and I have backs that are going to stand in there and protect me in Coach Fisher’s offense. We like the opportunities to make big plays when people are trying to blitz us.”

On his popularity:

“It’s exciting, but I don’t pay that stuff any attention. I’m just all football right now. As long as we keep winning and doing the things we’re going to do, publicity and all that stuff is going to come around.”

On being able to live a somewhat-normal life around campus:

Florida State is not like the other places, like how it was with Cam [Newton] at Auburn. It’s chill. I can walk around and just say, ‘What’s up, good game,’ but everyone gets that, it’s not just me.”

On learning more every week:

“With this offense, we always try to include something new in because we just have an advanced offense and a veteran offense so everyone is used to it. It’s not really new stuff, it’s just stuff that we had in the past that we have not put in yet for a game.”

On the faith Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has shown in him:

“It comes from me and his trust. I trust him 100 percent, and the better I trust him, the more comfortable I am with him. He teaches me what to do out there, him and (quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders), they tell me what I need to do, and it comes from me preparing and watching film to know the right decisions, but he basically teaches me out there, so he’s putting me out there on the field in his image so I have to do what he wants to do. That’s why we have to trust each other.”

On enjoying when Fisher gets on him during the games:

“That’s what I would do if I were a coach. He’s competitive. He wants everything to go perfect. He’s a perfectionist, and that’s one thing you want in a coach. You don’t want a coach to allow you to do bad things and let little things go by.”

On the trust between Fisher and himself:

“I just saw how he worked with EJ [Manuel] and how they were together. They were a team, and I knew eventually I would have to get that team, me and him, would have to get that trust. In the spring it was real big, actually all the quarterbacks have that certain trust with him, and that’s why he produces the quarterbacks that he does. He and the quarterback, he basically molds us into an image of himself, because he played quarterback, and that’s why when he teaches us and Coach Sanders, when they teach us, they teach us to do the things that they would do on the field. So, if they do get on to us, it’ll be okay.”

On comfort level with the offense:

“I still feel like I have a long way to go in the offense, but for the rest of the year, I’m going to be comfortable with the players that we have around us, and they actually help me more than I can help them. Like this weekend, I busted a play, but I was able to get out of that and my team backed me up. K.B. [redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin] made a great catch and it was a touchdown. That was my negative, but it was the team’s positive.”

On who in the huddle are the leaders of the offense:

“Everybody is like that. We have such a great gel – we are together. Of course, everyone is going to look at me, and I’m not going to have the sad face on my face, but I’ll be like, ‘Hey, it happened, we have to bounce back.’ We really don’t plan on having those moments. When we throw a touchdown, it’s like, ‘Hey, we did it.’ We celebrate, and when we walk off the field, it’s over, we have to go do it again. Interception, pat me on the back: ‘Hey, it’s okay, you aren’t going to do it anymore.’ When I get off that field, it’s off my mind. That’s how everything goes, because the next play is always the best play. You never know in a football game which play is going to be the one that lets you know if you’re going to win or not.”

On staying positive in the huddle:

“I think that’s something you’ve got to have as a quarterback anyway. Whether it’s natural or something you have to work on, you can’t be pessimistic and lead a team. You’ve got to be optimistic. You’ve got to keep pushing everybody. You’ve got to stay positive, even when things are going bad because sometimes, even though they [teammates] know you might be faking, like, ‘Man we’re getting beat out here,’ even though they know you’re faking, at least there’s hope.”

On the line between playing aggressive and making poor decisions:

“Yes, there’s a line, but with the trust that me and Coach Fisher have, I knew better. That’s why he said that I was getting too aggressive. When he says I’m getting too aggressive, that means that I’m making decisions off of emotions and not off of business, and when you start making decisions off of, ‘I want the big touchdown’ instead of making decisions like, ‘Get that crumb, let’s get that first down, let’s drive the ball downfield,’ that’s when mistakes start to happen.”

On whether Coach Fisher has ever gotten under his skin:

“I think when Coach Fisher tries to yell at me and intimidate me, he knows that I’m going to look at him like, ‘Coach, I know you’re trying to get under my skin.’ So it’s not necessarily going to work, but when I know he’s serious, I get a different type of attitude. I’ve got to lock in, because I know when he gets mad at a practice, it probably isn’t going to stop if I keep messing up. I can quiet him, but I can’t stop him from yelling the rest of the practice.”


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