How does Jimbo Fisher feel about Jameis Winston playing both baseball and football at Florida State? Apparently, the Seminoles head football coach is completely fine with it.
Fisher made an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Monday and proceeded to give his thoughts on the Heisman winner being a two-sport athlete in college. The following is what Fisher had to say:
“Baseball is a game of failure. Baseball is a much greater game of failure. It’s a whole different mindset. Anytime you’re competing in any sport, I think it’s good, but what baseball teaches you is how to overcome adversity. It teaches you how to fail and fail and fail, and still be able to perform.
“I think as a quarterback, I don’t care how good you are, there are going to be bad moments...I think baseball slows it down for him and has made him a better (football) player.”
This is certainly an interesting take on the situation. While Winston did see some playing time as a hitter this past season, the bulk of his value to the Florida State baseball team comes when he is pitching. In 33.1 innings, Winston posted a 1.08 ERA with 31 strikeouts, which is very good by any standard.
With that being said, Fisher has to be at least a little worried that all those pitches thrown could eventually lead to an elbow or shoulder injury, which would definitely have a negative impact on Winston's football career, if an injury ever occurred. Of course, 31 innings isn't likely enough to put a huge amount of strain on Winston's golden right arm, but given the amount of arm injuries among pitchers in baseball lately, it has to be a concern.
Via College Football Talk