Florida State University freshman quarterback Jameis Winston may be in the thick of a whirlwind of controversy off the field as an investigation continues revolving his alleged involvement in the raping of a woman in 2012.
But the off-field drama hasn’t distracted him and the No. 2 ranked Seminoles, who went on to score a school-record 80 points in an 80-14 win over Idaho on Nov. 23 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Winston completed 14-of-25 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns before sitting out majority of the second half against Idaho Nov. 23. Junior receiver Devonta Freeman caught 11 of Winston’s passes for 129 receiving yards and a touchdown, while junior receiver Karlos Williams caught 10 of Winston’s passes for 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
"The football field is a sanctuary to me," Winston told reporters after the game. "And it's like that for all of our teammates. When all of us are on the field everything is just zoned out. We focus."
Florida State has an 11-0 record, and is one win away from clinching a National Championship Bowl appearance.
Winston, who has 32 touchdowns to 7 interceptions and 3,136 passing yards on the season, has been favored to win the Heisman Trophy this season. But his chances of winning the prestigious award have dwindled since reports surfaced of his potential connection to the alleged rape case.
Winston has yet to be charged by police, though the alleged victim’s attorney, Patricia Carroll, claimed the freshman quarterback did rape the accuser on Dec. 7, 2012, according to the Associated Press.
Winston's lawyer Tim Jansen, however, told the Associated Press that his client participated in consensual sex with the alleged victim. State Attorney Willie Meggs told the AP that a decision to charge Winston might not be made until after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Florida State’s next game is played on Nov. 30 against the Florida Gators.