Jameis Winston smiled and laughed Friday, posing for pictures with his fellow Heisman Trophy finalists and the big bronze statue he is expected to win Saturday night. And when it came time to answer questions from the media, the Florida State quarterback did so confidently and without hesitation. Winston and four of the other six Heisman finalists met with reporters at a Midtown Manhattan hotel for short interviews, and Florida State officials tried to limit questions that were even vaguely related to the rape accusation against Winston. A state attorney in Tallahassee closed the investigation last week, saying there was not enough evidence to win a conviction. The 19-year-old Winston, who hasn't spoken directly about the details of the investigation, seemed unfazed by the questions that did come his way. He said he was fine remaining silent about the case. "I knew I did nothing wrong," he said. "I knew I could respect the process and I'd eventually be vindicated. It was more about me being silent for my family because I didn't want to put my family in those situations. "We had so much respect for Mr. [Tim] Jansen and everything going around, and knew I did nothing wrong and everything would be OK." Winston was the only Heisman finalist to show up with his lawyer as Jansen strolled in with the Florida State entourage for the media availability. Winston looked like a college student going to class: black FSU sweatsuit with garnet trim, a matching backpack hanging off his shoulders. Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman after a sensational season, leading the top-ranked Seminoles to the national championship game against No. 2 Auburn.
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