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Fowler on Winston allegations: 'You have to be fair to both parties'

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston fell under the hot spotlight of controversy last week when it was discovered that allegations were made involving a sexual-battery complaint in Dec. 2012. Winston, considered one of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy, has denied any wrongdoing in the matter and his attorney has made repeated efforts to clear the quarterback's name in the court of public opinion.

CBSSports.com College Football Insider Jeremy Fowler joined the Tim Brando Show on Tuesday to discuss the allegations, and how carefully the topic must be navigated in the college football world. Fowler points out that "you have to be fair to both parties" in the matter, waiting to judge Winston or declare his innocence until the state attorney's office makes a ruling.

Florida State feels confident about Winston's status, as the Seminoles have continued business as usual with the redshirt freshman starting under center.

Many fans tuned in to see if the investigation would be a distraction or have an effect on Florida State's performance on the field. Winston answered those questions with a near-perfect performance against Syracuse on Saturday, completing 19 of 21 passes for 277 yards (13.2 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns before the backups took over in a 59-3 rout of the Orange.

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