Winston Speaks on Off the Field Issues

Santa Monica, CA --- In the build up to the BCS National Championship, Scott Rossman is out in Southern California for NewsChannel 7 Sports, bringing you the latest from Friday.

In just a few nights the Seminoles and Tigers will meet at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

No doubt about it, the play of redshirt freshman Jameis Winston leading the way here.

His play on the field belied what was a very stormy and controversial season off it.

Friday Jameis talked about how he was able to stay "football focused" despite facing those sexual assault allegations!

"Well, it goes back to the teammates. My teammates aren't looking at me anything differently because they know I did nothing wrong through the whole process. But at the end of the day, that kind of brought us closer together as a team, because dang, our quarterback is going through this situation, and dang, people still are not leaving us alone after we're having a successful season. But that brought us closer together as a team."

Last month at the Heisman ceremony, Jameis did get to speak to somebody who knows a little something about playing college ball while living in a controversial fish bowl. Johnny Manziel!

"He just told me to stay myself. When you think about the things that Johnny went through and then you see the things that he does on the field, it makes you forget about the things that's happening, and that's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to make football be my getaway, and that's what he's done a great job of, and that's why I'm glad I've got a team like this because they allow me to let football be the get away because when I look in their eyes, they're like, we're ready to fight. That's what we've got to do as individuals. We've got to fight for the rest of our lives because life ain't fair man."

No doubt it's a different world for Winston, winning the Heisman and leading FSU back to national prominence, but he says nothing's changed for him...yet!

"Well, my life hasn't changed at all because our goal as a team, it still isn't over yet.

"What he's done is amazing. You ask has his life changed? Well, he's changed mine. Last year at this time I was 2 10 and out of a job. So to be here at Florida State in the National Championship Game is a dream come true for me."

Sanders ironically coached at Tennessee back in the 98 season, when the Vol's beat FSU in the first BCS title game. Now he's coaching Winston in the final BCS Championship game.

Stay on the lookout for more from Scott more from him tomorrow at the heart of the BCS Title Game right here on NewsChannel 7.