Jameis Winston isn’t a finalist for this season’s Heisman Trophy, but as the 2013 winner of the award, the Florida State quarterback has a seat at the ceremony in New York City.
That seat will reportedly go unused.
According to Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel, Winston has decided to skip the ceremony, choosing instead to focus on practice, as the No. 3 Seminoles are set to face No. 2 Oregon in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1.
FSU’s Jameis Winston will not attend Heisman ceremony to focus on practice – Orlando Sentinel http://t.co/hx43U5eL8q
— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) December 11, 2014
Winston led Florida State to a 13-0 record and berth into the College Football Playoff this season, throwing for 3,559 yards and 24 touchdowns, but his performance wasn’t good enough to earn a finalist bid. The three finalists for this season’s Heisman are Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.
The redshirt sophomore quarterback isn’t the first Heisman winner still in school to skip out on the ceremony, as former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and former Alabama running back Mark Ingram both made similar decisions to Winston.
The Heisman ceremony will take place Saturday night and will be televised on ESPN.