Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

FSU's Winston Will Have to Wait for My Heisman Vote

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

FSU's Winston Will Have to Wait for My Heisman Vote

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, likely by a landslide of votes. Entering Saturday night's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against Duke in Charlotte, N. C., the redshirt freshman already had passed for 3,490 yards and 35 touchdowns with only eight interceptions this season.

He had completed 68.8 percent of his passes. By the time he gets done dissecting the Blue Devils, Winston's statistical argument could be nearing 4,000 yards and 40 touchdown passes. And, of course, it helps his case that the Seminoles still will be unbeaten and would have secured their spot in the BCS national championship game next month.

In comparison, 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A& M passed for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions a year ago in becoming the first redshirt freshman to win the trophy.

Yes, I voted for Johnny Football last season.

No, I'm not voting for Famous Jameis.

Why? It's complicated.

Winners of the Heisman Trophy are supposed to have outstanding character in addition to being a great football player. Winston has measured up on the field - he's a great college quarterback - but off the field he's had to deal with allegations over the past few weeks that he raped another FSU student last December.

Criminally, that matter was resolved Thursday when state attorney Willie Meggs announced his office would not bring charges against him because of the woman's sketchy memory from that night of drinking at a popular college bar.

What she does remember is having sex, and insists it was against her will.

As is his constitutional right, Winston hasn't said anything about that night. He did, however, issue a statement Thursday after learning he wouldn't be charged, saying he "never lost faith in the truth and in who I am."

From the outset, this was going to be a "he said, she said" case. DNA evidence proved Winston and the woman had sex, but his attorney argued that it was between consenting adults. …

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