Big things were expected from Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson this year. He had put up huge numbers in 2009, finished the regular season with a 439-yard, five-touchdown effort against Texas and was chosen second-team all-conference.
Johnson has put up some big numbers through four games this season, but in some of the wrong places.
Among Johnson's nine turnovers in the last two games are four interceptions each in a narrow victory over Florida International and last Thursday's last-minute loss to Oklahoma State.
Those eight interceptions match last year's total for the entire season.
Also against the Cowboys, Johnson's unforced fumble was returned 63 yards for a touchdown.
But at other times against Oklahoma State, he was terrific. Johnson threw for 409 yards and five scoring passes.
In breaking down Johnson's picks against the Cowboys, Aggies coach Mike Sherman said one originated from a bad decision. On the others, the right throw was made but a missed block or tip or some other breakdown ruined the play.
Still, "anytime the ball leaves his hands it's his responsibility," Sherman said. "It's critical we get it fixed... He's aware of it and we talk about it constantly."
A&M needs Johnson to get better in a hurry. Saturday, the Aggies travel to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where they'll face Arkansas. In this spot a year ago, the Razorbacks won 47-19.
Ranking the Big 12
1. Nebraska (1) at K-State (Thur.) Five straight over KSU
2. Oklahoma (2) ByeStoops happy
3. Missouri (4) ColoradoNo Aldon Smith
4. Kansas State (5) Nebraska (Thur.) Undefeated, unranked
5. Oklahoma State (6) at Louisiana (Friday) Trouble with Sun Belt
6. Texas (3) openMore carries for D.J. Monroe?
7. Texas A&M (8) vs. Arkansas (at Arlington, Texas) Hogs won in '09
8. Baylor (9) vs. Texas Tech (at Dallas) Confidence soaring
9. Iowa State (11) UtahCyclone of points
10. Colorado (12) at MissouriAltitude advantage
11. Texas Tech (7) vs. Baylor (at Dallas) Where's defense?
12. Kansas (10) Bye weekWaco meltdown