Play any position, anywhere on the field.
At 5-11, 183 pounds, Winston may not have the prototypical size for one of the outside wide receiver spots but his 10-catch performance in Saturday's scrimmage shows there's more to excelling at the Z or X than height.
“I’ve been mostly at Z, but I’ve told all my receiver coaches that I’m open to anything,” said Winston after Tuesday’s practice. “Inside or outside, I like both, as long as I can go out and catch the ball and have fun.”
In my two-deeps last week, I had sophomores Isaiah Johnson-Mack (6-3, 218) and Dezmon Patmon (6-4, 211) in the lead for most Z position reps. But since then, Winston has been steadily increasing his playing time.
“I just feel really great out here -- I feel like I’m in the perfect offense,” Winston, a junior, said of head coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid.
Winston arrived to Washington State in January from City College of San Francisco. This past season he led all CCCAA receivers in receiving yards (1,171) and was second in touchdown catches (12).
“My thing is getting open, because what I do best is catch the ball,” said Winston, noting that finding space is not always an easy task against the Cougar D.
Winston singled out CB Darrien Molton (5-10, 181) as the toughest matchup he’s had this spring.
Winston knows he’s at a size disadvantage against the taller Cougar outside receivers but he’s confident that, after a strong spring performance, he’ll find his way onto the field one way or another.
“I gotta keep proving myself in practice, I can only control what I can control,” he said. “We’re just trying to get on the field.”
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