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.
Gordon then went on to praise Jameis as a football player. Says he hopes to meet him someday.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) December 12, 2014
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.
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.
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