ACC notebook: Winston faces no additional discipline

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 22 2014 11:04:00 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2014 11:24:47 AM EDT

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was not subject to additional discipline for shoplifting seafood at a supermarket in April.

Winston was suspended from the baseball team, ordered to reimburse the supermarket $32 for the goods and complete community service. After conferring with Winston and baseball coach Mike Martin, Fisher decided Winston had paid proper penance.

"People need to realize, when you suspend him in baseball, you understand how important baseball is to him? That cut his heart out," Fisher said Monday. "If it was done maliciously, we may have done other things. It was a silly mistake and not done with any malicious doing, and you don't punish a guy twice for the same crime."

Sophomore wide receiver Jesus Wilson is suspended from the team for theft of a scooter, a crime to which he confessed in an email to investigators. Offensive lineman Ira Denson was dismissed from school when he was charged as an accessory to a first-degree felony.

"Let me ask this: When your kids get in trouble at home, do you tell the neighborhood what you did to them?" he said. "Kids are going to make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. Our whole thing at Florida State is teaching kids to make decisions.

"What you need to do is accept it, learn from it and don't repeat it. Everything doesn't need to be known. Kids have to have room to grow as individuals. Everything is not out there. Do you whip your kids in public? Don't think anyone is more upset at them than we are, but also nobody cares more for them than we do. There's got to be some privacy for these kids to grow and develop as human beings."

Florida State's opponent in the 2014 national championship game in January, Auburn, is dealing with a discipline issue with quarterback Nick Marshall. Marshall, a projected Heisman Trophy candidate, was cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop. He was apologetic, but coach Gus Malzahn said he will face consequences to be determined. It's possible Marshall could be suspended for the Aug. 30 opener against Arkansas, but he was not arrested and possessed a relatively small amount of pot.

--Virginia is counting on quarterback Greyson Lambert to bring the Cavaliers up to the level of competition in the ACC after a 2-10 season.

Head coach Mike London said Monday at ACC Media Days in Greensboro, N.C., that there is never a doubt about Lambert's level of commitment.

"Greyson is the type of young man that is always studying the game of football. He loves football," London said Monday. "As a matter of fact, you go in his room, he's got plays all on his wall and his ceiling. Now, it might cause some of us concern about being overly in love with football, but the fact that he is a guy that wants the team to rally behind, he's a guy that wants to be out in front, he's a guy that wants to take the responsibility of leading this team. As I said, as far as an experience level, he's been in college games, and he has an opportunity the first time in a while that we've had two quarterbacks that have played in college football games that have experience other than our rivals that are in the ACC. You know, Greyson is a guy that the team will rally behind and a guy that wants to lead this team to championships."

Lambert opens fall camp as the starter, London said, with experienced starter David Walker backing him up.

--North Carolina freshman running back Elijah Hood might be ready to carry the Tar Heels on his back. At least a few of his linemen. Or three receivers.

Hood was a star of the offseason at Chapel Hill, even if coach Larry Fedora didn't witness the weight-room wonder setting a new freshman record, squatting 605 pounds.

"He could have gone higher, but they didn't want that to happen," Fedora said Monday. "He's 18 years old. That's a lot of weight from my understanding. I've never had 605 pounds on my back, so I don't know what that's like."

Hood, a 220-pound freshman five-star recruit, enrolled in January to take part in spring practice. An instant, and lasting, impact is expected around the program. He rushed for 3,690 yards and 53 touchdowns as a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School.

"I think he's a very special kid," Fedora said. "He's extremely intelligent. He picked up the offense as quick as any kid I've ever had, especially at that position, and it will be interesting to see what he does this year and how he does it. I mean, we haven't been in the heat of the battle yet so we'll find out, so I don't know what the ceiling is at this point."

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