Crompton for Heisman

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jonathan Crompton's day is over. He has given way to backup Nick Stephens, but not before throwing five touchdown passes.

No, that's not a typo. Five touchdown passes.

He only threw four touchdown passes all of last season.

Crompton will be the first one to tell you that it's not going to be this easy the rest of the year. Not even close. Western Kentucky was woefully out-manned and didn't put up much of a challenge.

Nonetheless, Crompton played within himself, and for the most part, took what the defense gave him. He did have two tipped passes that were intercepted, but got off to the kind of start to the season that should serve him well heading into next week's UCLA game.

And with all he's been through at Tennessee, he deserved a game like this.

Now, if he can only get the kind of pass protection he got from the Tennessee offensive line the rest of the season. The Hilltoppers never got near him.

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