Florida State's Jameis Winston Avoids Criminal Charges, Now a Lock to Win Heisman Trophy

By Scott Page
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Almost a full year after Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was accused of sexual assault by a female FSU student, it was announced that the state attorney has decided not to charge the phenomenal freshman. Thursday’s decision clears the way for Winston to finish the season with the No. 1 Seminoles and virtually guarantees that he’ll win the Heisman Trophy on December 14.

Sorry Jordan Lynch, A.J. McCarron and every other Heisman hopeful. The race is over. The winner is clear — it’s Jameis Winston.

Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, is scheduled to formally announce the move during a news conference Thursday at the Leon County Courthouse. Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.

Now, the redshirt freshman from Bessemer, Ala. and the rest of his teammates can focus on beating Duke in the ACC Championship Game to secure a spot in the Jan. 6 VIZIO BCS National Championship at Rose Bowl Stadium. The Noles are expected to easily handle the Blue Devils, but Winston is now an even heavier favorite to take home college football’s most prestigious individual award.

After weeks of uncertainty surrounding the investigation and how that would influence Heisman voters, there’s little reason (or none at all) left for Winston not to win the award. He’s had by far the best season of any player in college football and has been the seminal reason Florida State is in position to win a national title for the first time since 1999.

Winston’s statistics are mind-blowing. He has passed for 3,490 yards with 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions in his first season as a starter. At this point, there’s very little doubt he’ll become the second consecutive freshman (Johnny Manziel) to win the Heisman Trophy.

Scott Page is a college football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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