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FSU Jameis Winston Managing Expectations

Florida State QB Jameis Winston spoke to the media Wednesday his rapport with Kenny Shaw and his trust in the wide receivers.

On his trust in the wide receivers:

Thats one thing about playing quarterback at Florida State. You have great guys that are going to get the ball; you have great people that are going to protect you. Those guys are amazing, Kenny (Shaw), Rashad (Greene), KB (Kelvin Benjamin), even Christian Green, everyone has been playing their role with this team.

On the throw to Kelvin Benjamin that went out of bounds in the endzone against Nevada:

Of course, we practice on that all the time. Him being 66 is obviously a great advantage on anyone else. I just wanted to put it up there where nobody could get it but him.

On his rapport with Kenny Shaw:

I got great chemistry with all of my wide receivers. It was a run and this was my read. Coach tells me to throw that, if its open, just throw it. We just got in a groove that way; they werent covering it so we just kept on.

On how to manage his own expectations:

Well you got to play every day. Youve got to come to practice, I got to prepare well, watch and just keep getting better. Everyone is going to make mistakes. Playing right now, its just two games and Ive just been having fun. My wide receivers have been tremendous and Im being protected well. Everything is just going good right now. We had some adversity last game, just happy that we were able to bounce back and get that win.

On what was his better throw last game:

I really wasnt looking at it because Kenny (Shaw) made a great play, to get held and still catch the ball, he actually caught the ball with one hand. Christian (Green) had a great play, too. I really wasnt thinking about the throw that I made. When you got guys thats going to get the ball for you and youve got guys who are going to catch the ball without dropping, any throw can be made like as a perfect throw because the one I threw to Rashad (Greene), that looked like a great throw but he went up there and got that ball and came down inbounds.

On how they developed their rapport:

The summer. We put in a lot of work in this summer, 7-on-7s, we even had meetings during the summer, just me and the wide receivers and the running backs. It was just that preparation before the season so when we came into the season we were comfortable with each other.

On what he did not like during the Nevada game:

That interception that I threw. I didnt like it, no one likes an interception. We started off slow, and part of it was my fault because I have to keep the intensity up and the energy up. We ended up pulling it out. We had two quick scores at the end of the second quarter which was great. Thats how we play, we play fast, we play efficient, get the job done.

On the interception:

Real bad decision, wasnt even supposed to have been looking that way.

On if hes getting his information from Jimbo Fisher or Randy Sanders:

Both, the preparation is made before the game instead of during the game. But obviously if they see something that I dont see while Im on the field or if I see something that theyre not seeing, weve gotten real good at communicating that during the game.

On how you get pass an interception:

Thats how Im coached. Thats what Im coached to do. A touchdown, Im going to celebrate on the field, but when I get to the sideline that play is over with. An interception, I can put my head down or something, but when I get to the sideline, its over with because thats the game of football. Youve got to keep going, you never know what play is going to be the difference maker in a win or a loss.

On what he learned from EJ Manuel:

It was great to have EJ there just for me to be available to observe him. He led the nation in efficiency, he was up there, he always made good decisions. I dont know how many interceptions he had but I know he did a great job for me. Just being able to watch him and how hes able to process things, I can kind of put that to my game because we have similar games, its just that the first two games have been real good, EJ had two tremendous first games. Just looking up to him, wow, Im just sitting, but now Im actually on the field. I can be able to use some of EJs ideas or be able to do something that he did last year.

On if he talked to EJ after his first NFL win:

I did, I talked to him. I was proud of him. I didnt say much, I just said he deserved it. I was kind of mad because of the interception at what people were saying. But I was like, he got blitzed. It was pass interference and he went down there and scored a touchdown on his dads birthday. Thats love. To do that for your dad and being that its your first pro football win, thats amazing.

On his responsibilities during the huddle:

Set the tempo, thats one thing I think as a quarterback you have to do, you have to bring the energy to the huddle because youre really the only one thats talking in the huddle. I got to have a positive voice and my voice has to be strong, I cant say a play weak with no confidence. I have to be strong and set the tempo because those guys will follow the person they think they can trust. Im communicating with everyone.

On how much it helps to have the offensive line with experience:

It makes everything easier. That offensive line that I have, those receivers that I have, any quarterback, any young quarterback, would dream of that. When you have 10 other guys that know what theyre doing and been there before, it makes your job easier. Im the youngest on the offense and they pull me with them and Ill pull them with me.

On if Bethune-Cookmans win last week got the teams attention:

Of course it got our attention, but like Coach Fisher always tells us, were not looking at our opponent, were facing ourselves. I believe if we go out there and do what we have to do, we will be successful. Theyre a great team, theyre gritty, theyre fast, athletic and they have a lot to prove but were Florida State, we got to keep playing Florida State football and keep grinding no matter who were playing.

On what Bethune-Cookman does defensively:

They play a lot of cover 4, and thats going to give us some big shot opportunities and they play a lot of man, they blitz a lot. Were just going to keep preparing for them and were going to know theyre going to come with it. Theyre not going to be scared. Its not the fact that we walk on the field and theyre scared. We know theyve got some great players and theyre going to come with it, but we got to bring it harder.

On how its been with his family as his attention has grown:

Being at Florida State its kind of easier to do that (stay grounded) because no one really cares about all that stuff and thats good. I walk around campus and its like hey, whats up, good game, and Im like thank you. Its good. My family, theyre really not worried about that because thats what they expect. They dont expect me to go out there and be nervous because I havent done that my whole life.

On if he was nervous in high school starting as a freshman:

No, because I just love playing football. Thats one thing about the Pittsburgh game, I just wanted to go out there and play. I sat out the whole year so I was just ready to go.

On his relationship with QB Jacob Coker:

You should just see us, just coming to practice and watch us. Nothing is different. Its still like fall camp to us. Were still out there having fun. We know that we can do the same thing, every quarterback that Coach Fisher has prepared, every one of those quarterbacks can go out there and do the same thing. And by us having the same guys around us, I said that earlier, any quarterback, young quarterback, its a young quarterbacks dream. And for both of us, me and Jacob, even Sean (Maguire), its fun to have guys like that around.

On competing with one another:

Just by having him here, Jacob could go anywhere and be their quarterback, by having him here, thats good, thats the kind of push that you need. I can never get complacent because I know someone can come right there and fill-in to do the same thing that Im doing. I know the team would trust him just like they trust me. Were kind of like twin brothers. One of us is on the field, one of is not.

On if he watched Coker play last week:

Of course. He can do amazing things. Weve got three good quarterbacks. Jacob is phenomenal; he can do things that most people cant do. Hes just that good.

Source: FSU Media


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