A small sampling of college football media showed that Heisman Trophy voters would consider Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for the award even if the sexual assault case he’s involved in is unresolved before the vote. Of 33 voters polled, 27 said the case would not impact their votes.
Winston has not been charged in the case and on Tuesday prosecutors said they will need about two more weeks to decide whether or not to bring charges on the complaint, which is almost a year old. Winston’s lawyer claims his client had sex with the alleged victim but that it was consensual.
The deadline for Heisman voting is December 9 and the winner will be announced on December 14 in New York. Winston has the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles sporting an undefeated record and they are on pace to reach the BCS title game.
Many consider Winston, a redshirt freshman, the favorite for the award at this point in the season.
Bruce Feldman of CBS.com replied to the survey with the following answer: “It is innocent until proven guilty right? Do people think the Heisman Trophy is more important than that?”
So far this season, Winston has completed 199 of 286 passes (69.6 percent), for 3,163 yards, with 32 touchdown and seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 126 yards and three more scores.
Florida State’s final regular season contest will come against in-state rival Florida on Saturday. The Gators currently have an abysmal 4-7 record and have lost six consecutive games. Winston should have a field day in Gainesville this weekend.
As things stand right now it doesn’t look like his legal issues will keep the Seminoles’ quarterback from winning the Heisman Trophy this year.