Jameis Winston's Heisman stock took a hit on Saturday against the Miami Hurricanes.
But only in the first half.
Winston came out for the Florida State Seminoles and struggled immensely with two interceptions on horrific passes:
Of course, when we say struggled we mean in comparison to what Winston has shown as a freshman all year. We are talking about the kid who had thrown for over 2,100 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions entering the contest.
Not only that, Winston had thrown two or more touchdowns in every game before the showdown with the Seminoles' in-state rivals and led them to a pristine 7-0 record.
In other words, Winston is now held to a different standard than most despite his freshman status, and Heisman voters are sure to agree.
Winston didn't do much to win back the voters he lost with his sluggish first half performance as the contest wore on, but he shouldn't have needed to—Winston's mistakes against the Hurricanes ultimately had no impact on the outcome of the game.
If anything, the mistakes proved he was human.
The Seminoles are now 8-0 and on their way to a potential national championship game thanks to Winston. That's hard to say for any other potential Heisman candidate outside of Oregon's Marcus Mariota.
For example, Johnny Manziel's Texas A&M Aggies have lost two games already this season (the SEC versus ACC debate is a conversation for another day). While win stats are a silly metric with so many other factors coming into play, the fact remains that Winston's team still has a goose egg in the loss column.
Winston finished his night with 325 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. For any other player against the No. 7 team in the land, that's a great game. For Winston, it's a disappointment.
Regardless, Winston could afford at least one down performance this year. He just had the worst game of his young career—a game that included 325 passing yards with only eight incompletions.
Winston remains the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.