Heisman voters: Open case won't eliminate Winston

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FILE - In a Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) signs autographs after an NCAA college football game against Idaho, in Tallahassee, Fla. Its handling of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Winston is just the latest controversy to hit the Tallahassee Police Department. A handful of grand juries recently have issued scathing reports about how some officers have conducted themselves in the line of duty.(AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

In a small sampling of college football media, 27 of 33 Heisman Trophy voters say they would consider Jameis Winston for the award even if the sexual assault case involving the Florida State quarterback is unresolved before they vote.

Winston has not been charged, and prosecutors said Tuesday they likely will need about two more weeks to decide whether to bring charges on the nearly year-old complaint.

The deadline for Heisman voting is Dec. 9, with the winner announced Dec. 14 in New York. Winston has led No. 2 Florida State to an unbeaten record and is considered the favorite.