Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has never played in front of a hostile crowd as large as the one he'll see Saturday at Death Valley, but he's confident the Seminoles will be able to handle the noise.
"We're talking about 80,000 people, but when you're playing football and you're in your zone and you're doing things right as a team and you've got a team around you, crowd noise is really inexistent to our team, especially when you have the chemistry that we have," Winston said this week. "We’re not trying to be focused on crowd noise. There are bigger things to be worried about than the crowd."
Winston added that FSU's system of communication helps take the crowd out of the game.
"All the noise stuff, with the way we communicate on the field, and the way we do things, I really don't think that's going to be a big factor," he said.
Clemson announced this week that it will attempt to set a new Guinness world record for stadium decibel level on the Tigers' first defensive snap on Saturday.
Some Notes On Jameis Winston
- The freshman has been most effective on first down, as he's completed 51 of 67 passes (.761) for 830 yards and 10 touchdowns.
- He's also excelled as a third-down passer, with 18-of-24 for 297 yards and four scores.
- FSU has trailed briefly in three games this season. In those situations, Winston is 16-of-18 for 272 yards and four touchdowns.
- He completed the first 11 passes of his career in the Seminoles' opener against Pittsburgh and went on to set a new school completion percentage with 25-of-27.