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WINSTON, OFFENSE FIND A GROOVE

Orlando Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State WR Jesus "Bobo" Wilson sprinted downfield, looked over his shoulder and jumped as he caught a crisp, deep pass from Jameis Winston.

For a split second, the offense looked as dynamic as in 2013.

But Wilson was met by CB P.J. Williams as he landed and lost the ball. Williams hopped on it, and a 66-yard catch turned into a lost fumble.

The play summed up FSU's spring game, which drew 36,500 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. Glimpses of greatness were offset by reminders of how much room FSU has to grow.

The Garnet team, led by Winston and the first-team offense, beat the Gold team - the starting defense and second-team offense - 31-14.

In the first half, Winston went 13-of-31 for 259 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He finished 27-of-56 for 396 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

"It was just fast," Winston said of the offense's sluggish start. "Once everybody settled down and we got back to playing Seminoles football, we got that competition going on, everybody going back and forth with each other, that's when we settled down and got everybody going."

Seeking receivers: One of the main narratives of the spring was replacing WRs Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw. Rashad Greene (11 catches for 127 yards and a TD) and Wilson (four for 101 and a TD) are the projected starters.

"Early, they didn't get open as well," coach Jimbo Fisher said of the pair. "But as the game went on, they gradually made plays, did things and we helped them get open with some formations and things. I'm not disappointed at all in them."

Winston didn't play with Kermit Whitfield, who had a 100-yard kickoff return in the BCS title game, and Isaiah Jones. Whitfield caught four passes for 79 yards, Jones five for 81.

Good showing: The backup defense recorded five sacks and seven tackles-for-loss. LB Ro'Derrick Hoskins, who redshirted as a freshman last season, returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown.

Two-sport star: Winston is pulling double duty this spring, also playing baseball. Friday night, he was at Georgia Tech for a game. (He didn't pitch.) He flew back to campus at 11 a.m. Saturday (missing Saturday afternoon's game), played in the 3 p.m. football game then left to fly to Atlanta for today's 1 p.m. baseball game.

"I was always mentally there," Winston said of the spring. "Physically, there were some days I was drained. I'm a busy man. I've got to study, and I'm a regular college student. Football is not particularly my job yet, so I've got to carry out my everyday life.

"I just can't sit around being lazy all day. I hate being bored. I'm always doing something, so I'm going to be tired sometimes. But if Jimbo asks me, 'Jameis, are you tired?' I'm going to say, 'No, coach.'"

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

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