Florida State QB Jameis Winston hopes he doesn’t get ‘Manziel disease’
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:
Jameis: “Look at Johnny Manziel. Didn’t he have a O lineman drafted in 1st rd? I’ve got 5 of them.”
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) August 11, 2013