Posted August 12, 2013

Florida State QB Jameis Winston hopes he doesn’t get ‘Manziel disease’

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston joked that he wouldn't get "Manziel disease" as FSU's potential starter. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston joked that he wouldn’t get “Manziel disease” as FSU’s potential starter. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston — currently in a battle to become the Seminoles’ starter this season — joked with reporters on Sunday that he doesn’t want to catch “Manziel disease,” referring to the spotlight and criticism that has followed Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“If I ever get Manziel disease, I want all of you to smack me in the head with your microphones,” the redshirt freshman Winston told reporters, according to Sporting News.

Winston added that he didn’t mean that as a slight to Manziel, who Winston told reporters he had heard was a good person.

Winston, a two-sport star who plays baseball, is in a two-man battle with redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker to replace EJ Manuel as Florida State’s starting quarterback. Manuel  is now battling for a starting job with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Whereas Coker is reserved, Winston has quickly become renowned for his larger-than-life personality. He ended his session with reporters Sunday with a mic drop — and he filled the session with one liners like this one when comparing his job to Manziel’s:


22 comments
Jean
Jean

He's not smart enough to be Johnny Football.

beercrackin'g8r
beercrackin'g8r

I don't get the OL part...wasn't Luke Joekel (sp?) a 1st rounder?

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Winston boy, you's just another wanna be rg3 of Cam. Negro, please, play a game first before thinking you are all that. But act like the token boy you are. You won't be around after your soph year....jail awaits.

6marK6
6marK6

Well, unless this kid had an enabling pair of millionaire parents that have allowed him to do anything he wanted for his whole life, I don't think he will go down the same path. No tears, for Manziel though, he has brought criticism on himself by his behavior. But warning, Winston, you mouth off and people will expect you to back it up.

doghockey
doghockey

College football forums are awesome.   Regardless of the subject of the article, it only takes a few posts and you guys are yelling and screaming at each other.

Action
Action

Catching Manziel disease is tough. You have to win the Heisman Trophy first.

jshepherd
jshepherd

Who is Jamis Winton? Never heard of him. I have, however, heard of Johnny, the most dynamic football collegiate player in the history of the game. 

ESPNSucks1
ESPNSucks1

Is Manziel disease signing autographs for pay and losing your eligibility after your freshman year?

GT500456
GT500456

Sounds like he is already suffering from Jameis disease.     Jameis?    Really?

rma101560
rma101560

If he wants to avoid the disease, he need to take care of business on the filed and stay out off bars and casinos off the filed.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

What a bogus story.  He was asked about "Manziel Disease" by a reporter, who used the phrase in the question.  The story makes it sound like he coined the term himself.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

"... he didn’t mean that as a slight to Manziel." Nah, of course not. And I think it's a pretty good line. 

sulgorae
sulgorae

I feel like a fool, what's the significance of the tweeted quote?

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

@Jean A mushroom is smarter than Johnny Paycheck Football...

6marK6
6marK6

@WHO*IS*ESPN And the obligatory racist rant from the idiot. The clown that sees race in every single thing. You are a moron and a pathetic human being.