Jameis Winston has heard the praise for his play this season. But it took on a different level this week.
During the 41-14 win over Miami on Saturday, in which he threw for 325 yards but also had two interceptions in the first half, Winston was caught squinting at the sidelines to read the plays that are signaled in from Florida State’s coaching staff and backup quarterbacks.
“My eyes are fine,” Winston said on Wednesday. “I always had contacts, I just don’t wear them. I heard a lot about that. … If you see the other players, they squint at the sideline too. I squint a lot. It’s a habit.”
Winston’s vision hasn’t been much of a concern this season, but some fans obviously felt he might play even better with contacts on during games. His 70.3 completion percentage so far for No. 2 FSU (8-0) is the highest in a single season by any Seminoles quarterback. And Winston has thrown for 2,502 yards, 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
RADIO STATION APOLOGIZES: Miami radio station WMEN 640-AM, the former employer of talk show host Dan Sileo, apologized to the FSU athletic department for the former Hurricane’s comments. An executive from the station called FSU senior associate athletics director Monk Bonasorte to offer an apology.
The station parted ways with Sileo on Monday, two days after he said in a Twitter post that he would offer a bounty for a Miami player to injure FSU defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan if the teams met again in the ACC Championship Game. Sileo said he was joking, but his show was not on the air Monday and the station later announced that he had been dismissed.
FSU-MIAMI RATINGS: Saturday night’s FSU-Miami game drew a 5.1 rating, according to ESPN. An average of 8.3 million viewers watched the Seminoles’ 41-14 victory.