Jeremy Johnson Heisman hype needs to simmer down

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It’s easy to understand why Johnson was so hyped this summer when you watch him make big plays like this one—his first and only touchdown pass of the game on Saturday against Louisville.

However, after watching him struggle (badly) with turnovers on Saturday against Louisville, it’s time to press the pause button on any talk of Heisman contention.

Johnson completed just 11 of 20 passes for 140 yards, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions. His turnovers helped keep Louisville in the game, even though the Cardinals were obviously overmatched early on, falling into a 17-0 hole at halftime.

As it happened, the Tigers barely hung on to win the contest by a score of 31-24, thanks in part to an inexplicable timeout by Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino at the end of the game.

No doubt Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will need to take a conservative approach in Week 3 when he takes his program into Baton Rouge in Week 3 to face LSU.