Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said Sunday at the ACC's preseason kickoff that he'd learned some valuable lessons about the glare of the spotlight he's endured -- and in some cases, created -- during the past year. "I know I have to live up to the hype," Winston said. "If I'm even an inch below that standard, it'll be chaos." Winston, however, largely avoided questions about his citation for stealing crab legs at a Tallahassee grocery store, which never resulted in charges. There was no more anticipated event at the ACC's preseason kickoff at the Grandover Resort on Sunday than the appearance of Winston, but the expectation that the Heisman Trophy winner might fuel a media frenzy never quite materialized. Winston met with radio and TV media and sat with reporters for nearly an hour, mostly dodging any pointed questions with some well-practiced retorts. When asked about reports he'd stay at least two more seasons at Florida State, Winston said he was focused on today and "couldn't predict the future." When asked about his tumultuous offseason, which included the crab legs incident, he said he's learned from his mistakes. When asked about the seemingly endless string of controversies that have accompanied his meteoric rise to stardom, Winston shifted attention from himself and, as he did so often during last season's high-profile sexual assault investigation, focused on the support of his teammates.
Winston: Learned lessons last year
ESPN | Jul 21