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Heisman voter chose Andre Williams over Jameis Winston because of academics

Dec 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Detailed view the Heisman Trophy awarded to Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) after a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York following the awards ceremony. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Syracuse Post-Standard columnist Bud Poliquin voted for Boston College running back Andre Williams to win the Heisman.

He wrote that Winston’s legal issues made him hesitate to vote for him and that he was acknowledging not only William’s remarkable season, but his academic success as well.

From the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Once that inclusive evidence allowed Winston to walk away from that rape allegation in Tallahassee it seemed clear that he would win the Heisman Trophy in a landslide. And he did. However, as good as the kid has been on the field (and he’s proven to be the nation’s best), Winston still walks beneath a cloud off of it. Call me a self-appointed captain of the moral police, but that I could not ignore. So my vote amounts to one fella’s small statement vote. And, anyway, what’s so wrong with acknowledging the leading rusher in America who happens to be a real student/athlete who earned his degree in 3 1/2 years? These are college guys, right? So academic achievement should matter, shouldn’t it? Hello? Is this thing on?

So, should academics be taken into account when voting for the Heisman Trophy? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

Topics: Boston College Eagles, Florida State Seminoles, Heisman Trophy

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