Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston said earlier last week that he couldn’t wait to throw Jesus Wilson some touchdowns.
Turns out that Winston didn’t have to wait long.
Late in the first quarter of FSU’s 37-12 win over The Citadel on Saturday night, Winston took a second-down shotgun snap, looked to his right and connected with Wilson for a little swing pass.
Wilson, a sophomore receiver from Columbus High, did the rest, sprinting into the end zone for a 12-yard score that put the Seminoles up 14-0.
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“[Wilson’s] got some talent,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He can get vertical, run the ball. He’s quick with his hands.”
The play made for a fast first impression for Wilson, who made his return to the lineup following a one-game suspension for his involvement with a stolen scooter.
Wilson, nicknamed “Bobo,” admitted to police in July that he stole a scooter when he saw the keys in the ignition and later crashed it.
He was arrested and charged with grand theft auto, although he later pleaded down to misdemeanor petty theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Fisher placed Wilson on an indefinite suspension and wouldn’t give many updates on his status throughout fall camp. Wilson traveled with the team to Texas for last week’s season opening win against Oklahoma State, dressed out and warmed up, but he didn’t play.
“It was very tough. I had to overcome a lot of adversity,” Wilson said. “A lot of people might judge me from here on out, but I just want to thank God for everything. My family, my team supported me. Even my coach.
“Jimbo is a great coach. Jimbo is always by my side in all situations. I thank God for that.”
Even though he didn’t play, Wilson still practiced with FSU over the past several weeks, so his rapport with Winston didn’t suffer.
Winston calls Wilson a “dynamic player” who can make something happen with the ball in his hands.
Wilson, 5-9, 177 pounds, finished with 35 yards on three catches. He also got some work as a punt returner, where he had an 18-yard return but also fumbled a ball that was recovered by a teammate.
“It’s great to be back with the team,” Wilson said. “I’m very blessed. I just want to thank God, my coaches, my family and my team for supporting me through everything. I’m happy to be back out there.
“What I did was wrong, and I learned from it. I’ve just got to make better decisions.”