Former Nebraska QB Eric Crouch left Jameis Winston off Heisman ballot
Jameis Winston became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, and the 19-year-old won the award by the seventh-largest margin since it was first awarded in 1935.
Former winners get to vote, and even Johnny Manziel, a finalist this year who won the award last season, had Winston first on his ballot.
But not 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch. The former Nebraska quarterback left Winston off his ballot completely, he said Monday on The Dan Patrick Show.
He cited "the unknown" regarding allegations of sexual assault against Winston for the reason he left him off his ballot. (He wasn't alone — 115 people left Winston off.)
Crouch, who was in New York City for the ceremony, tweeted pictures of the finalists and congratulations to Winston, but the Florida State quarterback's 3,820 passing yards and 38 touchdowns apparently weren't enough for Crouch to overlook the allegations.
Former Nebraska QB/Heisman winner Eric Crouch told us that he left Jameis Winston off his Heisman ballot.
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) December 16, 2013
@craigdmiller @BFeldmanCBS Crouch said "the unknown". Said he left Winston off because of concerns about the recent investigation. — Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) December 16, 2013