Winston Journal #11

Senior offensive lineman Eric Winston is back with another journal entry. Earlier this week Winton was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top lineman.

A few notes before the meat of my journal starts:

Not to toot my own horn, but I have been selected as one of the 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. These honors are obviously subjective, trying to compare who is better between a left tackle and a middle linebacker can be impossible.

I won't lie, I would love to win every award I am up for and I guess I am just that competitive. But it's still an honor to be up for these awards no matter what happens. But I still want to win them.

My mom came to the Duke game a couple of weeks ago and it was great to see her. (Hi mom). The one big drawback going away for college is that you do not get to see your family as much as you'd like. They make a great effort trying to get to as many games as they can. I was going to see my dad this weekend for Georgia Tech before it was canceled.

A couple of other family members were planning on coming this week, and that was my old high school teammates Josh Bennett and Tyler Richardson. We have remained close ever since we went our different ways for college and it was going to be their first game at the Orange Bowl.

Tyler would be mad if I didn't say that he has come many times, just not for games. He comes when I am either on an off week or during the spring so we can hang out more. There, you happy, Tyler?

Good news is that they were able to have their flights credited and are coming when we play Georgia Tech again. Since we do have a cancelation it has allowed me to look down the road a little bit.

There couldn't be a better five teams to end with than the ones we have scheduled.

They are all Atlantic Coast Conference teams so the conference championship (not to mention the National Championship) is on the line everytime we walk out there.

For me, these games are coming at a great time. I have been consistently getting better every week with my play and I am excited to go up against the best defensive ends the ACC has to offer in the next five, and hopefully, six games.

My knee is doing great, my body feels great and it should condsidering I have played roughly three out of the last eight quarters, give or take a few minutes.

Instead of playing Georgia Tech this week, we practiced hard Wednesday in drills that had the first team playing against each other. Today we will start in on North Carolina and I am sure practice will be more low key.

After that nobody knows.

The rest of the week will depend on what Hurricane Wilma does. Hopefully it will somehow come to a dead stop and die out just so it doesn't cause anybody any harm.

How about those games this weekend? It seems like there has been solid matchups every week this season and it looks like college football fans will enjoy this weekend too, with Texas vs. Texas Tech and Alabama vs. Tennessee, to name a few.

It has been a fun ride so far and I can't help but think that as long as we keep winning that the college football season will sort itself out. What I mean is this, and this applies to every team in the top 10 in the first BCS rankings: not everybody is going to stay undefeated.

I know it happened last year with three teams, but that has been the only year in some time that three teams finished the season without a loss. It almost always works itself out. Every year the BCS poll comes out in mid-October (why nobody knows) and everyone starts asking what happens when five teams go undefeated? Well, if it happens, chaos, but it's not going to happen!!

Hopefully this week, we will not lose power and I will be able to watch the great games.

Eric Winston is working with Christopher Stock who is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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