Winston lawyer wants decision soon

"This is a conundrum as a voter that is a can't-win situation. On one hand, I want to give Winston the benefit of the doubt and if he's the best player in college football, then he should get it," said John Silver of the Journal Inquirer of Connecticut. "But character matters, and imagine the thought of Winston at the Heisman ceremony with a sex charge awaiting him when he gets back to Tallahassee? That's a disaster for the Heisman and college football."

Meanwhile, No. 2 Florida State (11-0) is a heavy favorite in Saturday's regular-season finale against Florida (4-7). The Seminoles hold a relatively sizable lead over No. 3 Ohio State in the BCS standings, but voters in the coaches' and Harris polls could penalize FSU if concerns persist that Winston might be suspended for the championship game. Under FSU rules, any student-athlete charged with a felony is automatically ineligible for competition.

Fisher said Winston knows he'll be a target for Florida fans.

"I think he will, I think he understands that whole circumstances around when you go on the road, when you become the guy and one of the faces of the organization," Fisher said, according to the Sentinel. "People are always going to get on you and do things, that's all part of it."

Jansen said he has worked to keep details of the investigation private, but the delays in a decision on whether Winston will be charged combined with the timing of the Heisman voting and the release of the final BCS standings have created significant problems.

"That is the most difficult thing in this case," Jansen said. "If it was somebody else, and it wasn't the scenario we have with the Heisman Trophy and the national championship -- but that's something I have to consider and something I'm constantly taking into account."

Jansen has said Winston had sex with the accuser but that it was consensual. Beyond that, however, neither Winston nor Florida State officials have spoken publicly about the case.

On Wednesday, Winston said he hoped Heisman voters would consider his success on the field and reward his entire team with the trophy.

"Just look at our success," Winston said. "See the hard work and dedication we've put in, the leadership I've instilled, and that we can keep this process going. ... I'm a team man, and this award is more for my team."

The Heisman trust's nine-member committee would be responsible for determining what would happen if Winston is charged after the voting closes.

"We have a long-standing policy not to comment on hypothetical situations," Heisman Trophy coordinator Tim Henning told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Wednesday. "Any discussion of a potential revote would have to be made by the Heisman Trophy trust. At the end of the day, the trust makes all decisions to anything pertaining to the Heisman."

There has never been a revote in the history of award, which was first handed out in 1935. Only one winner -- USC's Reggie Bush -- has "forfeited the title" as Heisman winner, Henning said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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