He is undeniably the breakout star of this year's college football season.
Only a redshirt freshman, he is a dual-threat quarterback who is nearly as dangerous running the ball as he is throwing it.
He replaced a first-round NFL draft pick under center and his team has actually improved. His thrill-a-minute style and skill restored a once-dominant program to the top of the college football world.
That was Johnny Manziel in 2012. That's Jameis Winston in 2013.
Florida State University's "Famous Jameis" is the new "Johnny Football" -- the on-field descriptions matching up perfectly, and now a new, unwanted similarity, too, as the FSU star is also part of an investigation for his possible role in an off-field incident.
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A sexual battery complaint involving Winston was turned over Wednesday to the state attorney's office. The complaint was originally filed with the Tallahassee Police Department in December, 2012.
Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, said no charges have ever been filed and that Tallahassee police told him in February that the case was closed. The state attorney is expected to release his findings into the investigation at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Even until recently, few people outside of Tallahassee and college recruiting circles knew much about Winston. While he had been a highly prized recruit from Alabama, Winston took a redshirt in 2012 as the Seminoles' offense was led by E.J. Manuel, who would be the first quarterback selected in April's NFL Draft.
But Winston was still making an impact on FSU's athletic scene -- it was just on the baseball diamond, as opposed to the football field. The two-sport star was drafted in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, but turned that down to play football at FSU.
Winston, who grew up just 5 miles from perhaps America's most famous two-sport star, Bo Jackson, appeared in 41 games for the Seminoles' baseball team his freshman year, as both a pitcher and an outfielder.
The manager of the University of Miami's baseball team saidthe hard-throwing Winston "might be their best pitcher and their best hitter."
He also might be the best football player in the nation.
The 6'4", 228-pound quarterback introduced himself to the rest of the country in FSU's first game this year, a nationally televised win against Pittsburgh in which he completed 25 of 27 passes and threw for five touchdowns. Pretty good for his first college outing.
The Johnny Manziel comparisons began almost immediately and the quarterback -- who's already regarded as a vocal team leader even within a locker room of accomplished upperclassmen -- has been living up to them each week. Not that Jameis (rhymes with "famous") wants to completely emulate Texas A&M's notoriously brash quarterback.
Before the season began, he told reporters, "If I ever get Manziel disease, I want all of you to smack me in the head with your microphones."
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So far, all the smacking has been done by Winston. He's led undefeated Florida State to a No. 2 ranking in the BCS poll and is the out-of-nowhere favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. If he does, he would become just the second freshman to ever win the award. The first was Manziel last year.
But before that can happen, Winston will have to endure the first storm of his previously sun-soaked college career.
However, the investigation will not keep him off the field, according to FSU. The school released a statement Wednesday which noted that there is "no change in Jameis Winston's status."
Winston and the Seminoles' next game is Saturday afternoon against Syracuse.
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