Friday December 12th, 2014

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is not among the three finalists for the award this year, and Heisman finalist Melvin Gordon thinks Winston's lack of votes is tied to his off-field issues. 

"He's probably not here because of his off-the-field issues," the Wisconsin running back said, according to USA Today's Nicole Auerbach

Winston had a two-day university disciplinary hearing earlier this month to determine whether he violated Florida State's code of conduct in connection with an alleged 2012 sexual assault. 

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Winston was also cited earlier this year for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee grocery store. He was suspended from the baseball team but did not face discipline from the football team. 

The quarterback was suspended for the Seminoles' game against Clemson in September after he yelled an obscene phrase in the campus union. 

Winston won the Heisman last season after throwing for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has thrown for 3,559 yards this season, with 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. 

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As a former winner of the trophy, Winston had the option of attending Saturday's award ceremony but will remain in Tallahassee

The last defending Heisman winner who returned to school and was not named a finalist the next year was Alabama running back Mark Ingram in 2010.

- Dan Gartland

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