Heisman Winner Undeserving of Recent Media Coverage

BY COREY MAXWELL

The Heisman Trophy gives you a certain type of celebrity status and there is no denying that. You win it based on hard work and dedication and no one can take it away from you.
But the attention Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is receiving right now is just a little bit too much.

Winston won the national championship with the Seminoles this past season as a freshman and he deserves attention for that.

But, he also plays outfielder and pitcher for the Florida State baseball team and the attention he is getting for that from media outlets, especially ESPN, is unmerited.

Sportscenter showed highlights from their game and ESPN even tweeted his stat line, which wasn’t even impressive as Winston went 0-2 with a groundout and a strikeout.

Winston’s stats are OK, but not great. Winston played last season as well and finished with a 1-2 pitching record and had a batting average of .235, which again, isn’t too spectacular.

I understand that it’s pretty rare for college athletes to play two sports. You have to be pretty talented to do that, especially at a Division I level.

But it’s not like Winston is the next Bo Jackson. Jackson was a running back and an outfielder for Auburn in the 80s and broke records for both football AND baseball.

Jackson was getting attention for his play, while Winston is only getting this attention because of the recent success he had on the football field. If any other athlete in college played two sports right now I could almost guarantee they wouldn’t get the type of coverage Winston is getting.
I know the baseball season is just getting underway and the media will begin to shift their attention away from Winston after a while, but they shouldn’t have to make such a big deal about it to begin with.

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The Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project is a hub for teaching, research, and service related to sport media. The Project benefits students and faculty at Bowling Green State University, and offers outreach and media consulting to area and regional groups that work with student-athletes. Through collaborative efforts of the Sport Management program and the School of Media and Communication, BGSU students have the opportunity to learn such skills as sports writing, reporting, broadcasting, announcing, public relations, media relations, communication management and production. Faculty and other scholars have access to resources about the commercial and sociological aspects of sport.

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