ATLANTA — Jimbo Fisher defended every step of the way at Jameis Winston at Florida State, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he continues to back his former quarterback, even though both have moved on.
Fisher, now the coach at Texas A&M, said he doesn't know all the circumstances about Winston's three-game suspension from the Bucs for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. But that doesn't change his feelings toward Winston, who won a national title and the Heisman Trophy under Fisher.
"I love Jameis," Fisher told the Dallas Morning News during SEC media days. "Hopefully he'll be able to move on, and obviously that is something that he will be able to move on from. And yes, I love him. I still think he's a tremendous young man. I really do.
"Unfortunately, he made some bad decisions this past season, or whenever he did it. I don't know exactly when that was. But I still love him. If you're ever around him, you'll understand what I mean. There's not a better team player, a guy who works as much as (anyone). But he made a mistake, and obviously he'll pay the consequences for that, and we'll move on."