College Football Newsbeat
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The old OT College Football thread got closed without anybody making a replacement. Figured I’d do that before the big games started.
Link is to an LA Times preview of the biggest game of the weekend, UCLA at Stanford.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Martin spent all spring in dugouts with Winston. Yes, Jameis Winston, he of the 25-for-27, 356-yard, four-touchdown, no-pick debut for the Seminoles football team, plays baseball at Florida State, too. It isn’t a lark, either, some side hobby. Winston genuinely loves the sport, and three scouts and executives who saw Winston play in high school told Yahoo Sports that if he had flipped his priorities – baseball as the top sport with football in the background – he would’ve been a first-round pick instead of a 15th rounder in the 2012 draft….
It’s not like the physical talent is lacking for Winston, either. One scout who saw Winston in high school filed a report that called Winston’s fastball a 60 (on the 20-to-80 scale) and a future 70, which means it profiles as a monster pitch, one of the best in the game if he can command it. With a hard curve that has turned into a mid-80s slider and a working-on-it changeup, the scout said, Winston had the upside of a No. 2 starter. Among the size, the stuff and the makeup, it was all there, and his 3.00 ERA and .176 batting average against with Florida State out of the bullpen was a preview of what could be.
The Rangers actually planned on making him a position player. Maybe more than any team outside the Phillies, they love raw athletes, and they’ve hit on a pair recently in Lewis Brinson and Nick Williams. The scout’s report on Winston dovetailed with his freshman-year performance, which showed just how green he was. While his frame projected significant power, Winston’s swing was unrefined to the point he was a 20 hitter. All the extra reps in the batting cage that help full-time baseball players smooth over the kinks in their swing simply weren’t an option for Winston. Something had to give. It wasn’t football. It wasn’t academics. (Winston reportedly was a 4.0 student in high school and carried above a 3.0 as a freshman at FSU.) Baseball bore the brunt of his time crunch, and so it was that Winston hit .235 without any home runs in 119 at-bats.
Florida State is known for breeding dual sport athletes. Remember Chris Weinke?
Oh and some Sanders guy. Keyon I think his name was?
Sunday, August 04, 2013
The new season is almost upon us with less than 4 weeks to go. Coaches poll just came out. Also maybe we can talk about this Johnny Manziel fellow.
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