Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Colleges

Was FSU's Winston messin' with Jimbo Fisher and Texas?

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Florida State QB Jameis Winston gave Seminoles fans a scare Friday morning with what appeared to be a joke.

Winston was asked about the possibility of the Seminoles' Jimbo Fisher being a candidate to replace Mack Brown as coach at Texas, a school Winston called his favorite during recruiting.

Winston said he has "messed with" Fisher about the Longhorns rumors.

"Even if Coach Fisher goes to Texas, I'm going to ask him, 'Can I go with you?' " Winston said. "Yeah, I'm serious. He's my coach."

Winston added that both he and Fisher aren't concerned with Texas and that both are focused on beating Auburn on Monday.

"We're not worried about that," Winston said. "We want to win a national championship game."

OFFENSIVE X-FACTOR: Although Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said he's impressed with FSU's top three receivers, he also spoke highly of TE Nick O'Leary.

"You can tell Jameis trusts (O'Leary), because he's always in the right place," Johnson said.

O'Leary was a finalist for the John Mackey Award as the country's top tight end after ranking second nationally at his position with seven touchdown catches. He's fourth on the team with 557 receiving yards.

The 6-foot-3, 248-pound junior said he hasn't heard back from the NFL about his draft grade and said he won't decide whether to leave school a year early until after Monday's BCS title game.

Hoping TO LAST: Auburn DB Chris Davis is one of the nine Tigers who saw playing time in his team's 22-19 win over Oregon in the national title game three years ago. But he didn't see much action, sustaining a high ankle sprain on the opening kickoff that knocked him out of the game.

"I hope I can make it through the first play (Monday)," he said.

Davis became a part of Auburn history in November, when he returned a missed field goal more than 100 yards for the winning touchdown to knock off No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Davis said he received a standing ovation in class after the game and has signed more autographs, but he has otherwise tried to move on from one of the biggest plays in college football history.

"The return, that was a wonderful play, but I kind of put that behind me," he said. "We're looking forward. We've got one more game left, and it's the biggest game in college football."

DOMINANCE: While Auburn players have talked about being a team of destiny, eking out last-second wins en route to the SEC title, FSU took the opposite approach. The Seminoles' closest game was a 48-34 win at Boston College in September, and they have won their 13 games by an average of 41 points. "The NCAA has all these rules, but it does not say you cannot blow out everybody you play," Winston said. "That's the mentality we took."

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