Greensboro, NC, United States (4E Sports) – FSU quarterback Jameis Winston dodged questions about the controversies that surrounded him and focused on his play for next season.
The quarterback was able to entertain questions from the press in ACC’s preseason kickoff.
The Heisman Trophy winner stated he understands being under the spotlight and controversies have drawn the kind of attention he doesn’t want.
“I learned from my mistakes, I fixed it and I moved on into preparing for this season.”
Last season and during the offseason, a number of controversies rose about the champion quarterback.
He was investigated for sexual assault but was not charged due to lack of evidence.
Another issue was the stealing of crab legs at a Tallahassee grocery store which he also wasn’t charged with
Winston said he focuses on being a leader on and off the field and trying to better himself.
“Leadership isn’t just on the field. It’s off the field, too, and I know I have a lot of young guys looking up to me, and I know I have a lot of support from my teammates as well,” Winston stated.
Winston said that he tries to live up to the hype because he is on a pedestal and it is a privilege that other players don’t receive.
“I know I have to live up to the hype. If I’m even an inch below that standard, it’ll be chaos,” he said.
When asked about retaining the national championship, he quoted Coach Jimbo Fisher.
“We’re not defending anything. We’re trying to go get another championship. It’s a clean slate.”