AUBURN, Ala. — Jeremy Johnson impressed his teammates and coaches in his first career start on Saturday.
On Monday, the Southeastern Conference showed it felt the same way, naming Auburn's first-year quarterback the league's freshman of the week. Johnson completed 81 percent (17-for-21) of his attempts for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the team's 62-3 victory over Western Carolina. All four of his scoring tosses went to different receivers — Jay Prosch, Ricardo Louis, Tony Stevens and Quan Bray. Johnson's first start came in place of Nick Marshall, who sat out the game to continue healing from a knee injury suffered against Ole Miss.
Johnson made short work of the Catamounts, being taken out before the middle of the third quarter. After connecting with Bray on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 10:12 to play in the third period, Johnson was replaced by Jonathan Wallace.
Though Marshall is expected back this week, both head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have said there will be a role for Johnson in the game plan as the season progresses.
It marks the second straight week an Auburn freshman has earned recognition from the SEC league office. Last week, Carl Lawson captured the freshman of the week honor following his six-tackle, two-sack outing in Auburn's 30-22 victory over Ole Miss.
Auburn/Florida Atlantic game time set
Auburn will have an evening kickoff once more.
The SEC announced Monday that Auburn's game versus Florida Atlantic on Oct. 26 will begin at 7:30 p.m. and air on FSN.
The Tigers hold a 1-0 record against against the Owls, winning 30-14 in 2011. Florida Atlantic is 2-5 overall this season, notching victories over South Florida and Alabama-Birmingham. Last Saturday, the Owls fell to the Marshall Thundering Herd 24-23, as kicker Justin Haig knocked in a field goal from 41 yards as time expire.
Florida Atlantic has an open date this week.