Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston shared a close bond with Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig. Winston thanked the Auburn coach at New York City when the freshman won the Heisman Trophy. 

What's the problem? Oh yeah, Florida State and Auburn are fewer than three weeks away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game.

"I'm trying to refrain from talking to him because he might try to talk me into not playing a good game or something," Winston said. 

Craig, a former Auburn quarterback, played a large role in Winston's decision to commit to FSU. 

"He kept me on the right path," Winston said. "When I first got here, I was hard-headed, especially at practice. He told me, 'Jameis, focus up.' I didn't want to waste my year, but [Craig and former FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel] made sure I didn't waste my year."

"[Craig] used to call me every morning," Winston continued. "If he had one of his visions or something at 5 o'clock in the morning, he would call me or let me know: 'J-Boo, don't do this.' He was my mentor while he was down here." 

Winston has arrived at Tallahassee and is preparing for the Tigers, but his media tour -- as expected from a Heisman winner -- was long and entertaining, including this appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."