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No. 1 Florida State moves past Winston accusation

No. 1 Florida State moves past Winston accusation

NO CHARGES: Jameis Winston is a Heisman favorite. Photo: Associated Press

GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press
KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor’s decision to not bring charges against quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston has removed a cloud from over the program.

Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher says the team is focused and prepared to face Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

The 19-year-old Winston is ACC player of the year and the leader in the Heisman race. Many voters were waiting to see whether he would be charged before casting their ballot.

State Attorney Willie Meggs told a news conference Thursday there wasn’t enough evidence to win a conviction against Winston, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser’s story.

The team flew to Charlotte on Thursday evening. A win in Saturday’s game would put the Seminoles in the BCS championship game.

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