Jameis Winston ‘Doesn’t Like Wearing’ Contacts, Leading to Heisman Candidate’s Distinctive Squinting on Field (GIF)


It looked like Jameis Winston was having a bit of a tough time Saturday night.

Not throwing the ball, of course — the freshman quarterback completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 yards as his Florida State Seminoles demolished seventh-ranked Miami. But a simpler task appeared to be hampering Winston under the lights in Tallahassee.

The Heisman Trophy candidate could be seen noticeably squinting on the field throughout the national telecast of the game, appearing to struggle to pick up the coaches’ play calls from the sidelines. But when asked about Winston’s apparent vision issues, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t seem too concerned.

“[Winston] has contacts but he doesn’t like wearing them,” Fisher told reporters in his Monday press conference (via Yahoo! Sports). “He has a very minimal prescription, I guess. It is just at night he has a hard time with the lights sometimes. He sees; he’s fine. [The squint] is just the way he looks over there.”

Winston does wear the corrective lenses on the baseball field, however, where he also pitches and plays right field for the Seminoles.

“It is a different game,” Fisher said. “The contacts … they get knocked out, they get loose. Sometimes he [wears them], sometimes he doesn’t in baseball, I guess. In football he doesn’t like it, but it has never been a factor.”

Fisher has a point. With a 70.3 percent completion percentage, 24 touchdowns and just six picks through eight games for the No. 2 team in the nation, we’d say Winston’s eyes are serving him just fine — even if he spends most nights looking like this.

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