November 12, 2010
Winston talks UA, AU
Hueytown quarterback Jameis Winston has spent the 2010 season continuing to develop into one of the top quarterback prospects in the South for the class of 2012 and after a strong regular season, Winston and his team are now in the midst of a postseason run.
"We're playing in the second round against Demopolis this week," Winston said. "We had a great performance in the first round and team is starting to really click in every phase now. The defense is just incredible for us right now and on offense, we are starting to limit our bad plays and make more good plays on a regular basis. We have some great playmakers at running back and wide receiver and a bunch of other guys who are playing with a lot of heart and really playing over their heads right now. That's usually a good sign when you're in the playoffs."
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal caller burst onto the season as a sophomore starter last season and despite continuing to make big plays in both the passing and running game for Hueytown, Winston has spent this season becoming a more efficient quarterback.
"After last season, I came into this year focused on trying to make better decisions and so far I only have three picks this year. I'm trying to stay in the pocket more and take my time. Sometimes I stay in there too long when I should pull it down and run. I think I'm so focused on trying to become a better passing quarterback that sometimes I forget that it's OK to react with my feet. I think learning when to stay with it and when to take off just comes with experience and overall, I feel like I'm a much better decision-maker this year."
Winston is part of a group of in-state prospects for the Class of 2012 that grew up together and have discussed the possibility of playing at the same school in college. Winston said that while those discussions continue, each player has his own thinking to do in the coming months.
"I think a lot of us are thinking about making decisions sometime over the summer. I know a lot of guys still haven't had a chance to take many visits and I know I'll have baseball season to go through. We love the idea of playing together but at the same time, we all know that each guy has to do his own research and make the decision that is best for him."
When it comes to the in-state schools, Winston said both deserve credit for the positive things they have been able to accomplish on the field this year and believes the negativity surrounding both programs at the moment is unfair and unfortunate.
"I hate that this story is taking away from all the great stuff that Auburn has done on the field this year. I really like Cam Newton and he's been exciting to watch. I don't think it's right for people to jump to conclusions about him before we know everything that has happened and I'm certainly not going to let it affect what I think about Auburn."
"People want to call this a disappointing season but Alabama is still one of the best programs in the country. They got stopped on the road by a couple of teams that were playing their best. It's hard to have back-to-back perfect seasons. Florida couldn't even do it with Tim Tebow. You're just not going to be able to pull that off in the SEC. Alabama has a bunch of really talented young guys and in the next few years, they are going to build another championship type team."
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