Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a year ago.
The university and Winston's attorney confirmed Wednesday that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.
Winston has been spectacular for the No. 2 Seminoles in his first college season and the redshirt freshman is one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy.
He has passed for 2,661 yards and 26 touchdowns to help Florida State win its first nine games and move into position for a spot in the BCS national championship game.
Tallahassee Police Department officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston by name, but it says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7.
It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State at 6-4.
Attorney Tim Jansen confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat on Wednesday that Winston, a redshirt freshman from Bessemer, Ala., was the subject of the investigation and said the player denies any wrongdoing.
"This case has been going on for over a year," Jansen told the paper. "The case was basically closed, and we're not sure why it's opened up. We've been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies, and we're hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston."
The investigation centers on a sexual assault reported early the morning of Dec. 7, 2012. Although nearly a year has passed, the case is still open, said Tallahassee police officer David Northway, a department spokesman.
"It is an active, ongoing investigation," Northway said.
Florida State's athletic department issued a statement Wednesday evening after multiple reports of the investigation surfaced and said Winston's status on the team had not changed.
"We are aware of a matter that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department almost a year ago," the statement said. "Because the investigation has not been closed by TPD, we cannot comment further at this time. We look forward to a speedy resolution of the issue. There is no change in Jameis Winston's status. Coach Jimbo Fisher and Jameis will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution."
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