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Jameis Winston sought advice from Johnny Manziel on dealing with off-field distractions

Jameis-Winston-Johnny-ManzielJameis Winston and Johnny Manziel have some very obvious things in common. They are both college quarterbacks who won the Heisman Trophy, but there is more to it than that. Like Manziel, Winston has had to deal with a lot of distractions that have nothing to do with the game of football.

On Friday, Winston told reporters that he sought advice from Manziel when the two met during awards week in December.

“He just told me to stay myself,” Winston said, via Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday. “When you think about the things that Johnny went through and then you see the things that he does on the field, it makes you forget about the things that’s happening, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to make football be my getaway, and that’s what he’s done a great job of.”

For what it’s worth, the one big distraction Winston had to deal with was a lot more serious than stuff like Manziel flashing money at the casino and reportedly being sent home from a passing camp because he was out drinking the night before. Winston was accused of rape, though no charges were filed against him following an investigation.

“One thing that Johnny did is he set a standard for himself. He’s more focused on himself, more focused on the things that he do,” Winston said. “That’s why the guy went 30 for 38 against Duke and just ripped them apart and basically won that game by himself. That’s why every day I come out here to play with my Seminoles because I know we’re going to go out there and fight, we’re going to control our own destiny and we don’t care about nothing else that’s going on outside of this football team.”

Winston’s play never really slipped during the rape investigation, so he has obviously done a tremendous job of remaining focused. If Manziel is part of the reason for that, I guess Seminoles fans should be grateful.

Photo via Instagram/Johnny Manziel

Jameis Winston does the Top 10 on David Lettermen (Video)

Jameis-Winston-David-LettermenNow that Jameis Winston has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the sexual assault investigation that he was involved with earlier this month, it is safe for him to make public appearances that aren’t related to football. After winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, it was only fitting that the Florida State quarterback make on appearance on the “Late Show with David Lettermen” to deliver the famous Top 10.

The theme was “unusual things you hear in the huddle.” Jameis did a great job with the delivery and looked even more comfortable than Johnny Manziel did when he read the Top 10 last year. He got better as the segment went on.

I’m a little surprised Lettermen didn’t throw in any subtle comments about the investigation, but that was probably for the best. The state attorney did enough laughing during his press conference announcing that charges would not be filed.

Johnny Manziel welcomes Jameis Winston to the Heisman family

Jameis Winston Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel shared this cool picture on his Instagram account Sunday of him posing with Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. His caption was awesome:

“Welcome to the family #heisman”

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last season, and Winston won the Heisman this season. The two quarterbacks also are the only players to win the trophy as freshmen.

Another cool aspect is that as a past Heisman winner, Manziel got to vote this year. He actually voted Winston first, Boston College’s Andre Williams second, and himself third. Manziel finished fifth in the voting behind Winston, A.J. McCarron, Jordan Lynch and Williams.

Photo: Instagram/Johnny Manziel

Jameis Winston’s girlfriend Breion Allen was at the Heisman ceremony with him

Jameis Winston girlfriend Breion Allen

Looks like Breion Allen is standing by longtime boyfriend Jameis Winston despite the sexual assault investigation he was a part of.

Allen is a sophomore basketball player at Rice and has been Winston’s girlfriend since they were high schoolers in Alabama. They were extremely close over the summer and frequently interacted with one another over social media, but Winston went dark on his Twitter account for several months per coach Jimbo Fisher’s team policy.

Whatever issues they may have had as a result of the investigation and Winston admitting to having sex with his accuser last December seem to have blown over, because the two looked to be pretty close this week.

Here they are together in New York City:

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Jameis Winston alludes to sexual assault case in Heisman speech (Video)

Jameis Winston Heisman TrophyJameis Winston’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech was something people were going to keep an eye on because of what he has been involved in off the field. Would he address the sexual assault investigation that made him part of headlines over the past month now that he had his biggest stage? It turns out that he made an allusion to it.

After being announced as the winner of the 79th Heisman Trophy, the redshirt freshman quarterback came up on stage to give his acceptance speech. He spoke for about three minutes and kept repeating the same theme about “trusting the process.”

He talked about trusting the process in the context of playing youth football, high school football, his father pushing him hard, his decision to attend Florida State, his father losing his job, and the legal process for his investigation.

“I trusted in the process that evaluated fact and its truth is to deliver positive outcomes. Because of all the things I done been through the past month …” Winston said.

Winston’s speech seemed intended mostly for his inner circle and didn’t exactly have a mass appeal, but he earned the right to deliver whatever kind of speech he wanted. And even though many voters overlooked the sexual assault case by making him the runaway winner of the trophy, 115 people left him off their ballots completely.

Jameis Winston wins Heisman Trophy

Jameis WinstonFlorida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the 79th Heisman Trophy award in a landslide.

Winston led his Seminoles to a 13-0 regular season record and was an easy choice for the award. He completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 193 yards and four touchdowns while leading the ‘Noles to the perfect regular season.

Winston follows Charlie Ward (1993) and Chris Weinke (2000) by becoming the third Florida State quarterback to win the prized trophy. He is also the second redshirt freshman to win the award. Johnny Manziel, who won the trophy last year, became the first. Manziel was one of the finalists for the award this season and finished fifth in voting.

Winston won the award with 2,205 points. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was second with 704 points; Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished third with 558 points; Boston College running back Andre Williams was fourth with 470 points; Manziel was fifth with 421 points; and Auburn running back was sixth with 404 points.

Winston’s margin of victory was the fifth-largest in the last 50 years. What’s notable is he was left off 115 ballots entirely, likely because of the sexual assault investigation he faced. Though only the witnesses know if he was innocent, he was not charged by the state, which helped make voters feel more comfortable ranking him first on their ballots.

Jameis Winston accuser’s lawyer says Chris Casher destroyed evidence

Jameis WinstonThe Florida state attorney’s office did not find enough evidence to file charges against Jameis Winston after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman, but that does not mean the Florida State quarterback is totally out of the woods. The case could, in theory, be reopened at some point if new information is obtained.

On Friday morning, the attorney for Winston’s accuser, Patricia Carroll, said that the Tallahassee Police Department conducted “an investigation of a rape victim, not an investigation of a rape suspect.” Carroll added that the investigation was a failure that resulted from Winston being on the FSU football team. She also called for an independent investigation of the case.

In addition, TMZ reported on Friday that Carroll is claiming Winston’s teammate Chris Casher destroyed evidence related to the investigation. Casher, an FSU defensive end, told police that Winston engaged in consensual sex with the accuser. He stated in an incident report that he and another FSU player watched through a doorway as Winston and the woman engaged in sexual activity. Casher also admitted that he tried to videotape the two using his cell phone but the accuser spotted him and told him to leave.

Therein lies the problem, according to Carroll. The report states that Casher “tried” to videotape Winston and the woman, which could mean he didn’t actually get any footage. However, Carroll claims Casher broke the law by secretly videotaping her client and later destroyed evidence by deleting it. Carroll reportedly said investigators ignored Casher’s illegal activity, which contributed to their mishandling of the case.

The main issue for investigators was the presence of inconsistencies in the accuser’s testimony. Those inconsistencies will likely present problems no matter what angle Carroll tries to pursue.