Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston 2013 headcrop.jpg
Florida State SeminolesNo. 5
Quarterback Redshirt Sophomore
Date of birth: (1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth: Bessemer, Alabama[1]
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career history
High school: Hueytown (AL)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Jameis L. Winston (/ˈməs/, JAY-miss, born January 6, 1994) is an American collegiate athlete. He plays college football and baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles. He plays quarterback in football as well as an outfielder and relief pitcher in baseball. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed. At the age of 19 on December 14, 2013, Winston became the second freshman and youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy. On January 6, 2014, he led the Seminoles to a victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game and an undefeated 14–0 football season.

Early life

Winston was born in Bessemer, Alabama on January 6, 1994.[1] He attended Hueytown High School, where he played both football and baseball.[2] Winston was considered the best dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation by Rivals.com,[3] the best overall QB recruit by ESPN,[4] and was named MVP of the ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback camp. [5]

Winston committed to attend Florida State University on February 3, 2012.[6] The Texas Rangers selected Winston in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school. Though the Rangers proposed allowing him to play for the Florida State Seminoles football team while working out with their baseball organization, Winston decided not to sign.[7][8]

College career


Winston redshirted during the 2012 college football season behind senior quarterback EJ Manuel.[citation needed]

2013 season

During Winston's college debut in 2013, he completed 25 of 27 passes with four passing touchdowns along with a rushing touchdown against the University of Pittsburgh.[9]

Winston finished his freshman season with 4,057 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns, which set an ACC record and a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision freshman record. He led his team to an undefeated 14–0 record, winning the ACC championship and the BCS National Championship Game.[10]

Winston won the Heisman Trophy on December 14, 2013, beating out quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Jordan Lynch, and Johnny Manziel, the previous winner, as well as running backs Tre Mason and Andre Williams.[11] He became the second freshman to win the award, after Manziel won the previous year. Winston is also the youngest to win the award, at 19 years and 342 days.

On January 6, 2014, Winston's 20th birthday, Florida State defeated Auburn 34–31 in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, CA with Winston winning the MVP award.[12][13]

College stats

Year Team Pass Completions Pass Attempts Completion % Pass Yards Pass TDs INT Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush Avg Rush TDs
2013 Florida State 257 384 66.9% 4,057 40 10 77 193 2.51 4
2014 Florida State
College Totals 257 384 66.9% 4,057 40 10 77 193 2.51 4


Winston at Russ Chandler Stadium, 2014

Winston chose Florida State in part because he was allowed to play for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team in addition to football. He played as an outfielder and a pitcher as a freshman in 2013. He batted .235 with a .723 on-base plus slugging in 119 at-bats and had a 3.00 earned run average in 27 innings pitched.[7] Prior the 2014 season, Winston was named a preseason All-American by Baseball America as a 3rd team utility player.[14]

College stats

2013 Florida State 27.0 1 2 2 3.00 21 12 .235 28 21 0 9 22 .345/.377
2014 Florida State 33.1 1 0 7 1.08 31 7 .128 5 6 0 4 8 .179/.292
College Totals 60.1 2 2 9 1.95 62 19 .208 33 27 0 13 30 .---/.---


Sexual assault complaint

On November 14, 2013, the Florida State Attorney’s Office announced they were opening an investigation into a sexual assault complaint involving Winston that was originally filed with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) on December 7, 2012.[15] The complaint was originally investigated by the police and classified as open/inactive in February 2013 with no charges being filed.[16][17] Tallahassee police stated that the complaint was made inactive "when the victim in the case broke off contact with TPD, and her attorney indicated she did not want to move forward at that time" and then re-examined after media requests for information started coming in early November.[18] On December 5, 2013, state attorney Willie Meggs announced the completion of the investigation and that no charges would be filed against anyone in this case. Meggs stated that "As prosecutors, we only bring charges for cases where the evidence will result in a likely conviction at trial. In this case, the evidence does not show that."[19] Allegations of improper police conduct have been made by both parties, with the victim claiming to have been pressured into dropping her claim and Winston's attorney alleging inappropriate leaks to the media. Adhering to Florida State's policy that athletes charged with a felony cannot play until their case is resolved, Winston continued to play throughout the investigation because he was never charged.[20]

On April 16, 2014, The New York Times reported irregularities in the rape investigation involving Winston. Though a medical examination of the victim revealed injuries consistent with sexual trauma – including bruises and semen – and the victim would later identify Winston by name as her attacker, Tallahassee police reportedly never obtained a DNA sample from Winston, never interviewed him, nor attempted to obtain video of the alleged assault taken by Seminoles teammate Chris Casher. The investigation was conducted by Officer Scott Angulo, who, the Times' article notes, did private security work for the Seminole Boosters, the primary financier of Florida State athletics.[21]

Shoplifting incidents

In July 2013, a Burger King employee called police in July to complain that Winston was stealing soda. According to the police report, Winston came in to the restaurant with three men, but did not order any food. An employee, who recognized him, first saw him using ketchup cups to take some soda. He asked for a water cup after she told him to stop, but he said he would use it for soda and filled it repeatedly with soda over her objections, the report said.[22] On April 29, 2014, Winston was issued an adult civil citation for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix store.[23] Winston was ordered to undergo 20 hours of community service and was suspended from any college baseball activity until he completed his community service.


On September 17, 2014, Winston was suspended for the first half of Florida State's upcoming game against Clemson, for shouting an obscenity,[24] while standing atop a table in Florida State University's Student Union.[25] Two days later, university president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox, citing results of an "ongoing investigation", announced that Winston would be suspended for the whole game.[26]



  1. ^ a b "Jameis Winston Bio - Florida State University Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Famous Jameis". Espn.go.com. May 15, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rivals.com". Rivals.yahoo.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jameis Winston. "Jameis Winston ESPN recruiting profile". Espn.go.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Trio share MVP honors at Elite 11 – ESPN". Espn.go.com. July 23, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Coley Harvey (February 3, 2012). "Jameis Winston finally signs with FSU". Orlando Sentinel. Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Fraley, Gerry (January 5, 2014). "Rangers want to give Florida State's Jameis Winston opportunity to be two-sport star". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Foster, Clint (December 13, 2013). "Rangers draft FSU football recruit, load up on pitchers". Espn.go.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ 8:00 PM ET, September 2, 2013Heinz Field, PITTSBURGH, PA (September 2, 2013). "Florida State Seminoles vs. Pittsburgh Panthers – Recap – September 02, 2013 – ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Patterson, Chip (June 11, 2008). "Florida State QB Jameis Winston wins 2013 Heisman Trophy". Cbssports.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jameis Winston wins Heisman". Espn.go.com. January 1, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Florida State wins national title with touchdown in final seconds". ESPN. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jameis Winston Named MVP of 2014 BCS National Championship Game". Bleacher Report. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Preseason honor for Jameis Winston". ESPN.com. 
  15. ^ Wolken, Dan (November 15, 2013). "State doesn’t expect Jameis Winston to speak with investigators". USA Today. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Timeline of events in Jameis Winston allegation". USA Today. November 22, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jameis Winston not talking". ESPN (with video). November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  18. ^ Schlabach, Mark (November 22, 2013). "Test links Winston's DNA to accuser". ESPN. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ Schlabach, Mark (December 5, 2013). "Jameis Winston not charged". ESPN. 
  20. ^ Luscombe, Richard (November 21, 2013). "Woman in FSU sexual assault case says local police told her to drop claim". the Guardian. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bogdanich, Walt (April 16, 2014). "A Star Player Accused, And A Flawed Rape Investigation". New York Times. 
  22. ^ Jameis Winston in 2 minor incidents, ESPN, November 28, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  23. ^ Jameis Winston cited for shoplifting crab legs at Publix, SBNation, April 30, 2014.
  24. ^ Glenza, Jessica. "Jameis Winston suspended for whole game as FSU extends quarterback's ban". Te Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  25. ^ Tracy, Marc (September 17, 2014). "Jameis Winston Suspended for First Half of Florida State-Clemson Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  26. ^ Pierre, Natalie (Florida State suspends Jameis Winston for entire Clemson game). "Florida State suspends Jameis Winston for entire Clemson game". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 

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