"He's playing very good football right now," said Sexton coach Dan Boggan. "Linebacker is his best position so far."
"When I started playing at age 10, I played linebacker and running back," Winston said. "Running back is my best position."
Winston is a four-year starter and is healthy at the present time.
"That's been the key to it," Boggan said. "He's been healthy. A lot of people last year were stunned at the drop off from his sophomore year. But he's had a fractured tailbone and a pinched nerve. He could hardly lift his arm over his head. He's a tough kid. He doesn't want to miss any action. If he misses a game, and he hasn't yet, then you know it's for something severe. He's a player."
Winston is hopeful of leading Sexton to the conference title.
"Things are going well," he said, adding that since he's injury free, "I've got nothing holding me back. I'm pretty strong and quick. I've got good movement to the ball. I can read the quarterback pretty well."
"Nothing will be definite until the end of the season," he said. "The type of coaching staff they have will be a key and my ability to play there. Hopefully, I can play right away."
But before he climbs to the college level, Winston realizes he'll have to pick up his game a few notches. "I need to get bigger, faster and stronger," he said. "I've been more of a technique player. I need to focus on the little things and help make my teammates better."
Getting at least six wins and qualifying for the playoffs is a goal for Sexton, but won't be easy with the likes of East Lansing and Jackson on the schedule.
"We have a pretty tough schedule this year," Winston said.