TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston continues to be the same smiling, goofy redshirt freshman three days before his full indoctrination into Florida State-Miami lore. That's how teammates prefer the Seminoles' quarterback.
Third-ranked Florida State hosts No. 7 Miami on Saturday in the first meeting as top-10 teams since 2004. Winston may be the biggest name on the field, but there won't be any fire-and-brimstone snarling from the Heisman Trophy candidate.
"If he's not joking around and all that, there's something wrong with him," Florida State receiver Kenny Shaw said.
Winston is simply more silly than stern. He watches "Phineas and Ferb" on Disney Channel. He makes faces and speaks in absurd voices. He beamed at his weekly news conference Wednesday that was attended by three times the usual number of media members.
"I don't get that serious at any times," Winston said. "Only time I'm really serious is probably when I'm doing bad because I need the guys to see (that) it's not just a joke. I want them to see this is serious.
"We're still going to have fun at it. It's all about the eyes. When you look in your men's eyes and they see you've got that look in your eyes — you can have a smile on your face or a frown on your face — if they see it in your eyes, they know it's on."
The Seminoles (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have been "on" all season. They haven't trailed after halftime in a single game and boast the No. 3 scoring offense in FBS and the No. 4 scoring defense. Florida State outscored its two Top 25 opponents — Maryland and Clemson — by a combined 114-14.
There hasn't been much for the Seminoles to get worked up about, but this is Miami (7-0, 3-0) week.
"They already been talking a little smack or whatever," Terrence Brooks said. "I don't understand why teams do that stuff.
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