Christopher Smith

Winston Rolls Out 2014 Mantra

Created on Feb. 18, 2014 7:49 AM EST

In between baseball games for Florida State, Jameis Winston detoured to Dallas on Monday to accept the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback.

He also snuck in a quick side trip to the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where FSU will begin its 2014 season against Oklahoma State on Aug. 30.

It also happens to be the location for the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game.

"That's our little slogan — from Dallas to Dallas," Winston said Monday, according to the Associated Press. "Hopefully, we'll end up in the last game."

Undefeated in 2013, the Seminoles opened between a 3/1 or 4/1 favorite to repeat as champions this fall at most betting futures markets, primarily because Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is returning at quarterback.

He talked of helping FSU get a bid to the College World Series this year on the baseball diamond, and characteristically didn't shy away from lofty proclamations.

"Obviously, it would be a tremendous honor to follow in the footsteps of the Bo Jacksons and the Deion Sanders to play both sports professionally. That's just something that I have to worry about when it comes," Winston told the Associated Press.

He's trying to become just the second player ever to win the Heisman Trophy in back-to-back seasons. Florida State will be a clear favorite to win the ACC despite losing plenty of NFL talent, as 2013 top contender Clemson loses stars like Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins.

Winston could face a civil suit at some point from a woman who accused him of sexual assault. He also faces a long summer as a celebrity, which Johnny Manziel, the only other freshman to win the award, didn't handle well, at least from a public relations standpoint.

"He just told me, 'Hey, stay true to yourself through the whole process,'" Winston said of advice Manziel gave him. "And I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that' because that's who I am."

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