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Jameis Winston | Quarterback

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220

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The New York Times blasted Florida State and the Tallahassee police on Wednesday, reporting that its examination of QB Jameis Winston's sexual assault case found that "there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university."
State Attorney Willie Meggs was quoted as saying that the police "just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do." Specifically, Meggs was perturbed that the cops waited two weeks to contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker -- and then they did so by phone. "It's insane to call a suspect on the phone," Meggs said. An internal Tallahassee police e-mail stated that the department had "received a call from the Athletic Directors Assistant inquiring about the case." The Times also reported that a second woman -- who did not accuse the QB of rape -- sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Winston. The reigning Heisman winner declined comment, and his attorney, David Cornwell, said, "We don't need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady." Apr 16 - 5:02 PM

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Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 27 of 56 attempts for 396 yards and two scores in Saturday's spring game.

"I thought Jameis started out slow early. We didn't have many guys open and that secondary was locking them down," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We gradually got guys open and he made some throws." Winston didn't take any time off after the game, earning the save and taking an RBI walk in Sunday's baseball game against Georgia Tech. "Physically, some days I was drained. I'm a busy man. I got to study and I'm a regular college student. Football is not my job yet," Winston said. "I got to carry out my everyday life. I'm going to be tired sometimes and if Jimbo asks me, 'Jameis,are you tired?' I'm going to say, 'No, coach.' It's how college life is but I love it."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 13 - 9:15 PM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating Florida State's handling of sexual assault allegations against Jameis Winston.

"Our client is particularly gratified by the OCR's decision to investigate and look for discrimination and find remedies to it," the accuser's lawyer, Baine Kerr, said, "because her primary goal, from the beginning, has been affecting change that will make women at Florida State safer on campus." The accuser said she was raped by Winston on Dec. 7, 2012. The school interviewed Winston about the incident in January 2013, a potential federal law violation due to the investigation delay.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 10:34 PM

Florida State conducted an internal investigation of redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston over a December 2012 sexual assault accusation weeks after it won the national championship.

FSU was required to investigate under Title IX. The results of its inquiry, reports Deadspin, is the charging of Winston's teammates DE Chris Casher and DB Ronald Darby with five violations of the university's code of conduct. Winston was not punished. The alleged rape in question took place on Dec. 7, 2012. Casher and Darby both said they saw Winston having sex with his accuser. Casher asked if he could participate, was rebuffed, and filmed instead, according to his version of the events. The video was deleted and the phone was discarded. "We're pleased that the university is finally attempting to meet its Title IX obligations, but it shouldn't be well over a year" after the alleged assault, said the accuser's current attorney, Baine Kerr.
Source: Deadspin
Apr 3 - 8:07 PM

FSU QB Jameis Winston was involved in a bench clearing incident during the Seminoles' baseball game against Florida on Tuesday.

Both dugouts cleared after an FSU base runner ran a Florida pitcher over on the way to first base after he committed an error. Winston is off to a scorching start, posting a 0.69 ERA in eight appearances, registering four saves as the school's closer. We doubt his involvement draws a suspension, as Winston was one of many players involved in the scrum.
Source: YouTube
Mar 26 - 9:49 AM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston will only miss one day of spring football practice due to obligations with the Seminoles' baseball team.

This obviously isn't a big deal, and Winston will spend the rest of the spring acclimating to a receiving corps that no longer features Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin. Winston won't be without weapons, however, as stud wide receiver Rashad Greene and tight end Nick O'Leary both return.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 4:30 PM

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters he thinks redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston will play two more seasons of football.

Winston added the two have a good relationship, "so whatever he says most likely is true." Many expect Winston to declare for the NFL draft in 2015, following his redshirt sophomore season, but keep in mind the quarterback is a prominent piece in the Noles' baseball program. "Obviously I'm a big baseball person, so that's an accurate statement because I plan on playing baseball next season anyway," Winston said.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 12:00 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston will not be the next great two-sport star, according to ESPN's Christopher Crawford.

Baseball America named the Heisman winner a third-team preseason All-American on Monday; Winston is the closer and a part-time outfielder on FSU's baseball squad. "He's not a first-round guy to me," an NL executive said. "There's just too much volatility in a prospect like that. There's no denying he's got the athleticism to play professionally, but I'm not using a pick on someone with that much volatility, especially when you consider the position he plays for such a high-profile college football team. I might take him in the top 100, but the first-round talk seems a bit silly to me." It's doubtful that Winston will be broken up over this critique, as he might be the odds-on favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 NFL Draft. "He boasts a fastball that can touch the mid-90s and a breaking ball that will occasionally flash above-average," wrote Crawford.
Feb 4 - 8:43 PM

Baseball America named Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston a third-team preseason All-American on Monday.

Winston is a closer on the school's baseball team, and also plays in the outfield and at designated hitter. Miami baseball coach Jim Morris said in November that Winston could be a first-rounder in football and baseball. Winston posted a 3.00 ERA in 2013 in 27 innings as a reliever, and hit .235 with seven doubles and three triples in 41 games.
Feb 3 - 7:27 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is the favorite to win the closer role on the school's baseball team.

Winston told reporters last week that his new goal is to win a baseball national championship. ACC coaches have picked Florida State to win the Atlantic Division. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Winston possesses a 95 mph fastball and a decent slider. Coach Mike Martin called Winston a "very dominating pitcher" by the end of last season. "We will use Jameis just like we do everybody else," Martin said. "We're not going to treat him any differently and he doesn't want to be treated any differently. He's a Seminole baseball player now. We're going to use him outfield, we're going to use him on the mound, we're going to use him as a DH some." Winston posted a 3.00 ERA in 2013 in 27 innings as a reliever, and hit .235 with seven doubles and three triples in 41 games.
Jan 27 - 9:07 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that "it would be hard to not" rank Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 NFL draft if he were eligible.

"He has the requisite arm strength," Davis wrote. "His decision making appears to be pretty good for a redshirt freshman. His leadership is incredible. That team follows him like he's the pied piper." Davis was impressed by Winston's ability to battle back from adversity in Monday's BCS National Championship game. Winston struggled for most of the first three quarters, but dominated for the latter stage of the fourth and went 6-for-7 for 77 yards on the game-winning drive. "To me, a guy truly becomes a quarterback when he responds in that situation -- it's the fourth quarter, the game is on the line and things haven't been going his way. Can he be crafty and get the job done? Winston did," Davis wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 7 - 7:52 PM

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher kicked redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston out of the last practice before the Championship game because he didn't like the way Winston was running the two-minute drill.

"He learned from it, he grew from it, and I grew from it," Fisher said. "I grow from those situations how I handle it every time with those guys, too. Wish you didn't have to do it, but I think it just made our relationship that much stronger and we understand each other that much more." Winston, of course, had no problem with the two-minute drill in the actual game against Auburn, going 6-for-7 for 77 yards on the game-winning drive, which lasted all of 1:19. "That drive, like I say, it really wasn't about me," Winston said. "He kicked me out of practice, and we won that game in two minutes."
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 7 - 6:28 PM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio believes Florida State redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston should sit out the 2014 football season.

Florio notes Winston will not do it, but points out 20-year-olds do not think about specific injuries that could shorten their future playing careers. "The long term smart business decision for Jameis Winston, if he truly will be a top pick in 2015, don't play." We believe Winston is an excellent prospect, but he only has 14 games under his belt, and the national championship game showed he still has things to work on. Florio believes Winston should hire a coach if he does sit out a season, but it is impossible to simulate game action.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 7 - 2:19 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco tweeted Florida State redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston reminds him of Byron Leftwich.

Prisco noted he has seen Leftwich in Winston's game all season, and said the quarterback displayed a "long windup," "bad mechanics" and his eye-level was down. There is no doubting that Winston has a longer windup than most, and it likely comes from his baseball background. Eye level was an anomaly in terms of eye level for Winston, since he usually keeps his vision up to survey the field. Prisco notes he prefers Penn State's Christian Hackenberg over Winston "for the NFL."
Jan 7 - 10:52 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston has the "it" factor evaluators look for in prospects at the position.

"Winston will undoubtedly enter next fall as the top quarterback prospect in the 2015 class," Brooks writes. "...With coaches and scouts known to place added emphasis on big-game performance and clutch playmaking, Winston will be hard to supplant as the top quarterback prospect in next year's class." Winston did struggle at the start of the game, dropping his eye level after the defense prevented the quarterback from throwing from a balanced base. The redshirt freshman also focused on his first read frequently. We are still huge fans of Winston's game, and hopefully this does not turn in to a "build him up, then tear him down" situation.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 7 - 10:40 AM