MIAMI, Fla. (Sporting Alert) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is to enter the NFL Draft, ESPN is reporting on Wednesday morning.
Winston had said earlier this week that he would wait to make his decision on whether or not to enter the draft until after the College Football Playoff National Championship, but according to his father Antonor Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner from last year will be leaving the Noles.
Antonor revealed that Jameis wanted to take some time to think about his future, after reports claimed that he was “seriously considering” returning to school. And after praying about it, his father says the sophomore now believes that it is the right time to start a professional career.
It wasn’t the most settled season on and off the field again for the 21-year-old, whose numbers evidently decreased from his freshman year.
Winston, who led Florida State to the national championship last year with 4057 yards and 40 touchdown, saw his figured dipped this term to 3907 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He also threw 18 of his total interceptions during the course of this season.
In the last outing Winston and the Seminoles suffered a 59-20 defeat to Oregon and this year’s Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the Rose Bowl Game.
It was his first defeat as a starter at Florida State where he has an impressive career record of 26-1 as a starter with the Nobles.
His career record sees him throwing for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns in two seasons, which ranks him among the best in the sport for his position.
It is understood that after his success last season and his overall figures in college, Winston, after some real thinking, believes he has accomplished all that he can at the collegiate level and is ready to explore the next chapter of his life.
Meanwhile, Florida State has already put this season to bed and is now looking forward for the 2015 season, confident of making the playoff again, even if it is without their star quarterback.
“The guys that will return and be a part of this organization for more years, they’ll learn from this experience and learn from the mistakes they made,” receiver Rashad Greene told the school’s website.
“I definitely see this organization still winning games and being in position like we were (at the Rose Bowl).”