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Young QB makes impression in FSU spring game

Jameis Winston, talking with coach Jimbo Fisher, throws for two scores, including a first-play bomb.

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Jameis Winston, talking with coach Jimbo Fisher, throws for two scores, including a first-play bomb.

Before he even jogged onto the field at Doak Campbell Stadium for FSU's Garnet and Gold spring game, redshirt freshman Jameis Winston knew he wanted to leave a mark.

"That first impression matters," said Winston, part of a quarterback battle with junior Clint Trickett, sophomore Jacob Coker and redshirt freshman Sean Maguire to replace EJ Manuel.

Winston threw a long touchdown pass on his first play and finished 12-for-15 for 205 yards and two scores Saturday in Tallahassee.

Trickett, the most experienced QB coming in, completed 22-of-32 for 259 yards and a touchdown while playing on both teams as the Gold team, comprised mainly of reserves, beat the Garnet 40-24.

Coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't ready to make any determinations based on Saturday.

"The quarterbacks all have their talents," he said. "Let's be careful and let (Winston) play. He's going to be a good player, and hopefully he'll be a great player."

Coker was 15-for-26 for 186 yards and a 15-yard touchdown, but he was intercepted twice in the second half. Maguire was 6-for-13 for 113 yards with an 18-yard TD pass.

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel; Times wires

Announcing his presence with authority

QB Jameis Winston went right after FSU's most dependable cornerback in hitting WR David Tyrell with a perfectly thrown 58-yard TD pass to tie it at 7. "He hit it right on the money," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He stepped up and played very nicely. He took advantage of the opportunities he had." Winston burned veteran Lamarcus Joyner. "I was lollygagging," said the first-team All-ACC pick. "He knew it." Winston, one of the nation's most highly recruited quarterbacks coming out of high school, was 8-for-10 for 140 yards in the second quarter to stake the Garnet to a 17-10 lead. "It was fun," said Winston, who also hit WR Rashad Greene for a 20-yard TD. "My offensive line, they were like, 'Let's go Jameis, let's do it,' "

Other performers

• WR Kenny Shaw caught 12 passes for 205 yards and a TD.

• WR Rashad Greene finished with 11 catches for 120 yards and a score.

•K Roberto Aguayo booted five field goals, including one from 58 yards. His lone miss was from 47.

• DB P.J. Williams returned an interception 35 yards for a TD with 1:36 left to give the Gold a 37-24 lead. "You have to have a short memory," said Williams, who was beaten by Greene on a 20-yard TD. "You have to be able to bounce back real fast."

Numbers to chew

773 passing yards combined

36 rushing yards combined. The top three running backs were sidelined with injuries.

6 sacks by the Gold defense


"It was something. We threw it a lot. We had to."

FB Chad Abram, after 86 pass plays were called, compared to 33 running plays

What's next?

The QB battle resumes in August. FSU opens its season Sept. 1 at Pittsburgh.

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