Auburn football: Jeremy Johnson not used the way team planned Saturday

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 20, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala.Jeremy Johnson's role in Saturday's game was not the one envisioned by Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee. The freshman quarterback had three snaps against Texas A&M, coming in for one play at a time. Lashlee, Auburn's offensive coordinator said they never planned to use him in such a manner.

That's just how it happened to play out Saturday.

"We had packages, we had plays for Jeremy, we had things that were in the plan that, some we didn't get to maybe (because of) how they were playing us (and) some to the way the game unfolded," Lashlee said. "I thought Nick was playing really well. There was a plan no matter how Nick was playing to get Jeremy infused in certain ways and it didn't involve putting him in for a play and taking him out."

Johnson took three snaps; one was a handoff to Corey Grant which gained four yards followed by a pair of incomplete passes in the third quarter.

"I thought he did well," Lashlee said. "Two throws, you come in cold, they're not easy. They weren't terrible throws. We've got to hit them."

Going forward, Lashlee said Johnson's responsibilities will be defined much more clearly.

"We feel like there are certain things he brings to the table and does well," Lashlee said, "and we went to put him in position to be successful."

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