Jameis Winston's Offseason Mistakes Won't Affect Performance
Heisman trophy as a redshirt freshman.
We saw the same thing happen when Johnny Manziel was involved with several off-the-field incidents last offseason.
But despite Manziel’s red flags off the field, he was able to produce the same breathtaking plays for the Texas A&M Aggies in 2013.
I believe the same thing will happen with Winston in 2014. Yes, he’ll have to deal with a few crab leg heckles—which he is already experiencing on the baseball team—but that should be nothing in comparison to the investigation he was involved in last year.
There was plenty of speculation and distractions circling Winston last season after he was accused of sexual assault. The Seminoles were undefeated and Winston was the favorite to win the Heisman. Many were questioning whether he would even be eligible to play in the Seminoles’ final two games of the season.
But Winston remained confident in himself and was adamant about not letting his situation distract the team. He seemed to handle the investigation very well and went on to win the Heisman trophy and a national championship.
This latest incident about stealing crab legs is definitely not helping the public view of his character. You would think that after the recent investigation, Winston would be sure to air on the cautious side for the rest of his time in Tallahassee. But that hasn’t been the case.
You would hope that Winston will straighten himself out and stay out of the news from here on out, but you can’t count on that now. There are definitely questions about his character and judgment at this point.
Where’s your head at Jameis?
The reigning Heisman trophy winner and starting quarterback of the defending national championship team has to have better judgment than Winston is showing at the moment.
But I wouldn’t question his ability to perform on the football field. He’ll continue to put up huge numbers in college, but certainly needs to get his act together.