Hunting the Heisman: Winston won't be charged with assault
State Attorney Willie Meggs concluded the case today by stating that a toxicology report showed the alleged victim had lied about being heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs and that there was not enough evidence to prove Winston was guilty.
Winston, the leading candidate for several weeks now, would have been the obvious front-runner for the Heisman from a football standpoint even if convicted. Had he been charged, however, the award would have been up for grabs to multiple competitors.
Heading into the final week before the ceremony, here is an updated list of the current Heisman rankings:
The Big Three:
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
vs. Florida: 19-of-31 (61.3 percent), 327 yards, 3 TDs, INT
2013: 218-of-317 (68.8 percent), 3,490 yards, 35 TDs, 8 INTs
Why: If Florida State beats Duke, Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy. He’s head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack in terms of what he’s done for his team this year, and had led his team into the BCS National Championship, barring a colossal upset and a historically poor performance.
2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
vs. Western Michigan: 5-of-17 (29.4 percent), 39 yards, TD … 27 carries, 321 yards, 3 TDs
2013: 212-of-339 (62.5 percent), 2,457 yards, 22 TDs, 5 INTs … 248 carries, 1,755 yards, 20 TDs
Why: Jordan Lynch’s rushing numbers alone would put him into the Heisman conversation if he were a running back—but he’s also added 20 touchdowns through the air as a quarterback. The epitome of dual-threat, Lynch has shattered NCAA records since stepping onto campus. NIU plays in the MAC, but will likely be 13-0 with a third straight conference championship by late Friday night.
3. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
vs. Michigan: 6-of-15 (40.0 percent), 133 yards, 2 TDs, INT … 16 carries, 153 yards, 3 TDs
2013: 138-of-210 (65.7 percent), 1,759 yards, 21 TDs, 5 INTs … 132 carries, 839 yards, 8 TDs
Why: Miller has benefited greatly from the downfall of other candidates, but that’s not taking anything away from the outstanding year he’s had. Despite missing close to three games earlier in the season, he’s put up solid numbers and has been the catalyst—along with running back Carlos Hyde—to a very successful offense and yet another undefeated regular season.
Still in the Hunt:
1. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College: 329 carries, 2,102 yards, 17 TDs
2. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama: 207-of-306, 2,676 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs
3. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: 388-of-552, 4,462 yards, 45 TDs, 5 INTs
4. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: 322 carries, 1,716 yards, 17 TDs … 26 rec, 173 yards, TD
5. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: 270-of-391, 3,732 yards, 33 TDs, 13 INTs
Keep Your Eye On:
1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon:
2. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
3. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
4. Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
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