Fisher told reporters he chose to keep the process of Winston's suspension internal, according to Wolken, and said Winston is "ready to move forward." Fisher told Wolken:
"You never know the pace kids learn or why they make mistakes, but I hope and believe Jameis will learn from this and use better judgment and his language and decision making and respect for everything will continue to grow."
Following a week of the off the field distraction, Fisher told the Associated Press he was proud of his team's ability to rally together with strong mental resolve.
"The mental resolve of this football team, that's why I love them. They understand how to rally together, they understand how to pull together, and they understand how much they care for each other. I think they mentally got themselves back together."
Winston's absence nearly jeopardized a Number One-ranked Seminoles victory Saturday. Florida State defeated the Tigers in overtime on a touchdown run from Karlos Williams. Freshman backup quarterback Sean Maguire completed 21 of 39 passes for 305 yards, but threw two costly interceptions.
The suspension was the result of only the latest in a series of infractions for Winston, including shoplifting at a supermarket, discharging a pellet gun in a public place, and a sexual assault complaint.
- Will Green