Will the memory of the last quarterback make it harder for De’Andre Johnson

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For the next quarterback at FSU, there were always going to be comparisons.

The other guy had so many moments. The other guy won so many games. The other guy won a national title. The other guy won a Heisman. The other guy got in a bit of trouble, too.

And so, if you are De’Andre Johnson, quarterback in trouble, are you living in the shadows of Jameis Winston?

According to ESPN, Johnson was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor battery, a charge that he certainly will have the ability to overcome. He’s not the first football player to be underage in a bar, and sadly, he’s not the first one to punch a female while there. No excuses, but it shouldn’t be a career-killer.

But will Johnson now inherit all of the reputation that Winston had while he was there?

A Bleacher Report headline already linked Johnson and FSU’s reputation as a school. Opposing fan groups are quick to connect the dots between the controversies of Winston and of Johnson. Things are probably going to be more strict on the next Seminole quarterback. There were a lot of good moments for Winston, too; those haven’t started yet for Johnson.

So far, he’s off to a bad start.

Let’s see where he goes.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.