Auburn football quick hit: Tigers have ‘a very good game plan’ for Jeremy Johnson

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 26, 2013 

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Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) celebrates with wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after throwing Louis a 46-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn has envisioned a larger role for Jeremy Johnson each week since the Florida Atlantic contest. But with the way recent games have unfolded, the true freshman quarterback has been stuck on the sideline aside from a few limited snaps.

That may change this weekend, though.

“(Offensive coordinator) Coach (Rhett) Lashlee has a very good plan for him for this game,” Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. “At the same time, if something were to happen to Nick, we feel like he could run our entire offense.”

Malzahn's comments were nearly a carbon-copy of sentiments expressed by his offensive coordinator last week.

"Jeremy is fully prepared and gets plenty of reps each week to be ready to go in and play the entire game,” Lashlee said. “It’s not a deal where we don’t feel confident with him knowing the system or being able to play all the time, it’s just the way it’s gone.”

Johnson has appeared in six games this season including one start, which came against Western Carolina.

The Montgomery, Ala., native has completed 70.7 percent (29 of 41) of his attempts for 422 yards and six touchdowns. Both his yardage and attempts are sixth-best in Auburn history for a freshman, while his touchdown passes are tied for third-most among first-year Tiger signal-callers along with Jeff Klein (six scoring tosses in 1999).

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