Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is featured on one of five regional Sports Illustrated covers this week previewing the upcoming college football season.
Winston led Florida State to its third national championship while throwing for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns last season.
He has made headlines this offseason for off-the-field issues. Winston, a relief pitcher on FSU’s baseball team, was part of a bench-clearing brawl with rival Florida. He also was cited for stealing $30 worth of crab legs at a local grocery store. It was also reported that campus police drew their weapons on him after a 2012 squirrel hunt with pellet guns. He also has dealt with backlash from not being charged after being accused of raping a fellow student.
Winston says being able to deal with that level of attention just comes with the territory.
“As the quarterback you’re always going to get scrutinized and you’re always going to get praised,” Winston said at the ACC media days last month. “But that’s the position that we play. It’s the most scrutinized and praised position in sports.”
For more on the College Football Preview, including profiles on Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, check out this week's issue of Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).