Winston jokes that he’d follow Fisher to Texas

01/03/2014 1:18 PM

01/03/2014 7:03 PM

Jameis Winston said he jokes with Jimbo Fisher about speculation the coach will leave Florida State for Texas, and said if it happens he’d want to go, too.

The Heisman Trophy winner met with the media Friday in the lead up to the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn.

In the second interview session Friday, the Heisman Trophy winner had a platform all to himself and the biggest crowd of reporters around him.

He said he and his teammates have not concerned themselves with the speculation and reports about Fisher being a candidate to replace Mack Brown at Texas.

He added, jokingly: “Even if Coach Fisher goes to Texas, I’m going to ask him can I go with you? Yeah, I’m serious. He’s my coach.”

Winston also said he was a fan of former Texas quarterback Vince Young and wanted to play for Texas. He said he even tried to call Brown.

“I tried to call him a couple times because I really like Texas,” Winston said.

Though he grew up in Bessemer, Ala., in a family mostly made up of Alabama fans, save for his mom who roots for Auburn, he never chose sides in the heated rivalry.

“When you’re born in that state, you have to be either this or that. Obviously, when I first started football, Oklahoma winning, ‘Boomer Sooner’ baby. I just roll with that.”

He did concede that playing the Tigers is a “rivalry game” for him.

Around the country, most college football fans found out about Winston on Labor Day night, when he completed 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards in a victory at Pittsburgh.

“Honestly, I wasn’t really surprised,” quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders said. “I was a little bit in awe, I think, like a lot of people, just the poise and composure that he had. You saw it every day in spring practice, through the summer, through the fall. But for it to show up on game day that way, that was nice to see.”

Winston went on to break freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38) as Florida State crushed opponent after opponent.

He sees no reason that has to stop against Auburn.

“Where in the rulebook does it say we can’t blow out every team we play?” Winston said. “Because it’s a championship game? We can do anything we want.”

He has one more chance to shine on the biggest stage yet.

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