Jameis Winston: The Throw

Ryan Syrkus

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Jameis Winston is a freshman on the Florida State baseball team. He is also slated to be Florida State's starting quarterback on the football field. Given that some have already published articles about how Winston could win the Heisman as a red-shirt freshman like Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M did in 2012, you have probably already heard of him.

Winston is already becoming a rockstar in Tallahassee, despite having never thrown a pass in a football game, and hitting less than .300 on the diamond. Thursday night, he added to his burgeoning legend, with an incredible throw from right field.

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Let's set this up: Florida State trails 2-0 to Virginia Tech in the ACC Baseball Tournament. It's the bottom of the eight inning, two outs, and Virginia Tech has a man on second. Ball is hit to Winston, playing right field. Winston scoops and fires a seed to the plate, where the catcher turns and tags the runner. And not a moment too soon.

Breaking this down, it's Winston's coordination that really impresses here. Stuff like this is sometimes seen on fly balls, where the outfielder has time to camp under the ball and gather himself before firing home. Not here. Winston has to field this ball on the fly, quickly pick it up, transfer it from glove to throwing hand and fire. He has to throw it immediately, on a line, and with some RPMs. And he does all three. Notice how everything is in sync. Pay special attention to Winston's front foot and how he lands on his toe and not his heel, which allows him to transfer his weight and put the energy into the throw.

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