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UPDATED ON 6: Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Will Not Face Sexual Assault Charges

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***UPDATED at 6:26 P.M. on Thursday, December 5th***

The only thing standing in the way of Florida State University Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston and the Heisman Trophy is the Duke Blue Devils.

The quarterback of No. 1 Florida State will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago. State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday, saying there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.

Even while Winston was being investigated for sexual assault, odds makers had pegged him as the clear favorite.

Now only a terrible performance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship Saturday night against No. 20 Duke will keep him from a runaway Heisman victory.

Chris Huston who runs the website HeismanPundit.com says: "He'll win very comfortably."

The woman who accused Winston of sexual assault says she worries her experience and how the case unfolded in the public eye will discourage rape victims from coming forward.

The alleged victim and her family released a brief statement Thursday after Meggs told reporters he did not have enough evidence to charge Winston. Meggs says the woman's memory lapses about the events of last December were problematic.

The family said it appreciated the state attorney's investigation after what they called an "inordinate delay" by the Tallahassee Police Department. The family has been sharply critical of the police department, accusing the agency of discouraging the woman to proceed with the case against the quarterback.

The department has said it handled the case appropriately.

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***POSTED at 11:02 A.M. on Thursday, December 5th***

Florida State University will know by Thursday if quarterback Jameis Winston will be available to play in the ACC title game this weekend and the Seminoles' subsequent bowl game.

The prosecutor overseeing sexual assault allegations against Winston says the investigation is complete and its findings will be revealed at a Thursday news conference. State Attorney Willie Meggs has said he wanted to make sure prosecutors completed a thorough investigation of the December 2012 incident before making a final decision. He has also said several times that it's up to prosecutors to determine whether there is a "reasonable" chance of conviction.

Florida State policy dictates that a student-athlete is suspended from game action until the charge is resolved "absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration."

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