Caulton Tudor

Police probe could impact Winston, Noles and ACC

Posted November 15, 2013

This week’s news that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation for possible sexual misconduct may or may not have a huge impact on the Seminoles’ national championship mission, but it is almost certain to have some influence on national and regional rewards voting.

Unless or until Winston is actually convicted of wrongdoing, it will not change my judgment. Entering these last few regular-season games, Winston is my pick for the ACC player of the year and No. 1 on my Heisman Trophy pecking order.

The Duke lacrosse case should have given all of us a reminder to reserve judgment until all facts are sorted out.

But nationally, Winston is in a crowded Heisman field that includes any number of quarterbacks and at least one or two running backs in the midst of equally sensational seasons. If his image gets dented enough to keep him off only a handful of ballots the race could be tilted immediately.

The Heisman vote is also difficult. You vote for three players – No. 1 being your Heisman pick, No. 2 your runner-up and No. 3 your next favorite. It operates on a win/place/show format.

If a few voters have enough reservation about his behavior to just happen to drop Winston from No. 1 to Nos. 2 or 3, that also could be enough to keep him off the podium on Dec. 14 in New York.

The same thing is possible regionally in the All-ACC voting by members of the Atlantic Coast Media Association.
Dave Goren, executive director of ACSMA, said he expects up to 75 members to participate in the voting, which will end Dec. 1.

Winston’s primary competition for top ACC are Clemson quarterback Taj Boyd, wide-out Sammy Watkins and maybe Boston College running back Andre Williams. With less than 100 expected voters, it wouldn’t take much to turn things.

It’s important for voters to keep in mind that while Winston is under investigation by the Tallahassee police department for an alleged incident almost a year ago, he has not been charged.

There’s almost no chance he’ll be suspended by head coach Jimbo Fisher, but there’s no guarantee that the situation will not affect Winston’s concentration and consistency.

If nothing else, it definitely puts an unexpected twist on the final few weeks of an already eventful season for the quarterback and his team.

For now, here are some of my personal all-star picks entering this weekend’s schedule. Anything is subject to change as the regular season plays out, of course.

NORTH CAROLINA FBS (DIVISION I-A)
OFFENSE
QB: Shane Carden, ECU
RB: Shadrach Thornton, NCSU
WR: Justin Hardy, ECU
WR: Jamison Crowder, Duke
WR: Mike Campanaro, Wake
TE: Eric Ebron, UNC
OT: Adhem Elsawi, ECU
OT: James Hurst, UNC
OG: Will Simmons, ECU
OG: Dave Harding, Duke
C: Matt Skura, Duke
DEFENSE
DL: Kareem Martin, UNC
DL: Nikita Whitlock, Wake
DL: Kenny Anunike, Duke
DL: Darryl Cato-Bishop, NCSU
LB: Norkeithus Otis, UNC
LB: Robert Caldwell, NCSU
LB: Brandon Williams, ECU
DB: Ross Cockrell, Duke
DB: Damon Magazu, ECU
DB: Dontae Johnson, NCSU
DB: Tre Boston, UNC
SPECIALISTS
KR: Rashard Smith, NCSU
P: Will Monday, Duke
PK: Niklas Sade, NCSU

ACC
OFFENSE
QB: Jameis Winston, FSU
RB: Andre Williams, BC
WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR: Jamison Crowder, Duke
WR: Rashad Greene, FSU
TE: Eric Ebron, UNC
OT: Cam Erving, FSU
OT: Seantrel Henderson, Miami
OG: Brandon Thomas, Clemson
OG: Will Jackson, GT
C: Bryan Stork, FSU
DEFENSE
DL: Tim Jernigan, FSU
DL: James Gayle, VT
DL: Nikita Whitlock, Wake
DL: Aaron Donald, Pitt
LB: Christian Jones, FSU
LB: Telvin Smith, FSU
LB: Steele Divito, BC
DB: Ross Cockrell, Duke
DB: Lamarcus Joyner, FSU
DB: Robert Smith, Clemson
DB: Anthony Harris, UVa
SPECIALISTS
RS:Stacy Coley, Miami
P: A.J. Hughes, VT
PK: Niklas Sade, NCSU

HEISMAN TROPHY
1.Jameis Winston, FSU QB
2.A.J. McCarron, Alabama QB
3.Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB
4.Bryce Petty, Baylor QB
5.Shane Carden, ECU QB
6.Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville QB
7.Tyler Gaffney, Stanford RB
8.Jordan Lynch, N. Illinois QB
9.Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB
10.Taj Boyd, Clemson QB

NATIONAL COACH
1.David Cutcliffe, Duke
2.Gus Malzahn, Auburn
3.Art Briles, Baylor
4.David Shaw, Stanford
5.Gary Pinkel, Missouri
6.Jimbo Fisher, FSU
7.Nick Saban, Alabama
8.Rod Carey, N. Illinois
9.Curtis Johnson, Tulane
10.George O’Leary, C. Florida

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  • lewiskr45 Nov 18, 2013

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    As a Seminole fan who spent the better part of last week FREAKING OUT about this accusation, it's good to hear this from fans of other teams. Seems more and more likely Winston is suffering the same fate that Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel, and Manti Teo faced in recent yeas.

  • StunGunn Nov 15, 2013

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    The thing is, if he's charged, according to rules at FSU, he can't play - according to the discussion on the Adam and Joe show. I agree that it's BS. And I thought in America, you're innocent till proven guilty. This doesn't pass the sniff test. Something that happened a year ago is coming to light NOW, when Winston is having a spectacular year?

  • Buck you Nov 15, 2013

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    You are a liar, and thats sad to go through life like this.

  • heelgrad1978 Nov 15, 2013

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    yes, I see you are a part of Wal-Mart nation that makes us Grads sick. please, if you don't like my opinions then just don't comment on them. Sorry I am honest.

  • KillswitchEngage Nov 15, 2013

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    The lameness of his posts could be directly related to graduating unc. LOL...

  • rdi731 Nov 15, 2013

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    First off, no way in hell you`re over 55, by the lameness of your posts.

    "if" (boy is that a huge if) you are over 55, No way in hell you are gonna
    (out of the blue) start trashing a school you claim to have graduated
    from on a message board

    And the biggest part of your pathetic trolling is that you claim K is the greatest coach of all time (which i dont have a problem with if thats you`re opinion) BUT
    to claim that Dean atleasts make your top 20, OUTS you big time...

    Does that clear things up for you Prof?

  • evadbbat Nov 15, 2013

    If he wasn't so successful, it would not even be in the paper.

  • dooksucks_2 Nov 15, 2013

    Case is a joke.

  • heelgrad1978 Nov 15, 2013

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    I wish. No, it is UNC class of 78 I am talking about. Ever been there?

  • rdi731 Nov 15, 2013

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    While you have some valid points, try reading "this" case on an actual news site,
    Strictly BS from what all i have read, and yes, the timing of this is suspicious.

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