Stoops on Florida State QB Winston

Florida State phenom Jameis Winston, who passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the Seminoles’ Monday night win at Pittsburgh, can thank Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops for his success.

Maybe a little bit anyway.

The red-shirt freshman was the scout team quarterback going up against Stoops’ defense last season at FSU. “Poor guy,” Stoops said on Tuesday. “He took an earful from me here and there.”

Turns out Winston didn’t mind getting yelled at too much.

“He’s one of those guys, he just kind of smiles in a good way, not like, ‘Heck with you coach.’” Stoops recalled. “It’s like, ‘I enjoy you yelling at me.’”

The Kentucky head coach said he watched a little bit of his former team the night before. “Watched a few series and the couple series I saw, they looked very good, just like I expected.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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