Every Wednesday Jameis Winston speaks and every Wednesday we'll provide you the highlights of his interview in a weekly feature called, "The Tao of Jaboo."
One of the biggest factors facing Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night will be the noise that Clemson's fans will provide. Death Valley can get loud and pretty much everyone thinks crowd noise will be a factor -- everyone except for Jameis Winston.
“All the noise stuff, the way we communicate on the field and the way we do things, I don’t really think that’s going to be a big factor. Momentum, from the momentum standpoint, if the crowd gets into it and their players start getting amped up, that will probably be a big factor in the game, but the noise I don’t think has nothing to do with our offense.”
"When you're out there playing football and you're in your zone and you're doing things right and you got your team around you, all that crowd noise is really [non]-existent to our team -- especially when you've got the chemistry that we have," Winston added. "We're not trying to be focused on crowd noise, there's just so many signifcant things worry about [other] than a crowd."
More to the point.
"Before I play every game I'm always in awe of the crowd, because being a football player of course you want to see who's in the stands and stuff like that, so occasionally you'll see me on the sideline, I'm looking up in the stands seeing like 'man this is a big game.' But when I step on the field my eyes are going this way," said Winston, motioning tunnel vision. "To the endzone, I'm not looking at anything [else], I'm just focusing on the endzone, focusing on the players."
There were a lot of questions about Tajh Boyd actually, so many in fact you'd think Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback was going to line up at corner and try to defend agaisnt Boyd himself.
“He manages the game well. He’s an older guy so he’s been there, done that," said Winston. "He does a lot of things phenomenal because he’s a great quarterback. There’s probably things that I can pick up from his game to add to mine. He’s just a great player. He has a great team, too.”
"When you beat teams like they beat Georgia, he’s won big games like the bowl game last year against LSU, he’s proven himself numerous times," added Winston. "A lot of people say I have to prove myself and things like that, but it’s a team game. He has such a great team around him just like I have a great team around me. But when you’re a great player and you get people to follow you, that’s when the leadership qualities come in, that’s when people know you are the real deal. That’s obviously how scouts realize that you can lead a team.”
As for how Winston himself is handling the hype and build-up to this week, he was asked if he was getting caught up in all the talk of a quarterback battle.
“No, me and him both know that we have to do our jobs to help put our team in the best situation to win," said Winston. "Both of us being offensive [players], obviously he’s going to try to get his offense to start clicking and I’m going to get my offense to click. It’s probably going to be a quarterback battle but I’m pretty sure he’s not thinking about competing against me, he’s thinking about competing against Telvin and those guys just like I’m thinking about competing against Clemson’s defense.”
More from Jaboo:
##- On what's progressed for him since last Spring:
“Just being comfortable in what I’m doing – just being more confident. In the Garnet and Gold game I was playing more off instincts, but as I get more into Coach Fisher’s offense and just prolong my career, I’m going to become more and more confident and hopefully that becomes more success. When you’re confident and know what you’re doing, or even if you don’t know what you’re doing, if you feel like you know what you’re doing, that’s big at quarterback.”
##- On if he can block out all of the hype:
“Yeah – because we’re on a mission. Our goal is to win. And that’s our goal to win every single week. I think it’s easy to block out that stuff when you have the same mindset every week and you don’t look at it as a different game. Of course we know this is going to be one of the better teams we play all year, probably be the best team we play. People are talking about a National Championship type game, that’s a great team. We have to give them the upmost respect and hopefully they respect us enough so we know it’s going to be a battle out there.”
##- On ESPN being on campus Tuesday for All-Access:
“It was fun. All of our players enjoyed that. Just seeing ourselves on TV live was a great experience and that’s something that hopefully we can get used to.”
##- On how long he's had his confidence (strange question):
“I feel like I’ve always been a confident person because if you’re not confident in yourself, who else is going to believe in you.”
##- On snapping FSU's five game road losing streak at Clemson:
“Of course we don’t think about that because that’s not our team that hasn’t won in the last [five trips up to Clemson]. This is a new team. I didn’t even know that statistic. We don’t look at predictions, like I said we’re just doing the same gameplan trying to go out there and win.”
##- The motto:
“Our team motto is that if we play our game, we don’t think that we can beat.”
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