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December 14, 2013

Winston: Ready to adapt to Heisman spotlight


“Just to know what he went through to get up there on that stage, sometimes as a coach, it just hits you every now and then.”

When Winston returns back to Tallahassee, he said life will be different. He said he knows he can no longer socialize in the same way and cannot “carry myself as a teen.”

“One thing that Coach Fisher always told me, especially through this process, ‘For you to be a man, the kid in you must die,’” Winston said. “I believe that kid in me has died. But I’m always going to have my personality,

“I’m always going to have my character. But I have to become a man, and that comes through the process.”

Winston has already been under a microscope through the season and that was only magnified this past month through the closely documented investigation.

A Heisman Trophy will add to those critiquing him on and off the field.

“Life’s going to change,” said Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who won the award last year. “This is an extremely big deal. Look around right now. There’s a lot of cameras and a lot of mikes, there’s a lot of flashes and a lot of fame coming from all this. So I mean, live it up, enjoy it, continue to be yourself and don’t let anybody take you from that.

“You’re going to have to adapt to how life is going to be after this. ... then you’re going to get the questions next year about hey can you do it again.”

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