AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's quarterback situation has maintained status quo since the team reconvened for the preseason.
Rhett Lashlee made that clear Monday night. In his first meeting with reporters since fall camp began last week, the Tigers' offensive coordinator said "it's been business as usual" with quarterbacks Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson.
As for Marshall's citation for marijuana that will keep him out of the starting lineup for the season opener?
Lashlee hasn't given that a second thought.
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The same goes for Johnson getting the starting nod.
"I haven’t even talked to him. I haven’t even told him that he’s starting. I haven’t said that," Lashlee said of the sophomore signal-caller. "We’ve gone to practice and gone to work and I've coached him like I would if he was the starter or if he was the last-string guy just trying to make him better."
In Lashlee's view, talking about the matchup with Arkansas — and the role Johnson will play — is premature at this point.
"It’s just Day 4 in fall camp," he said. "That’s way, way too far out."
Through the first four preseason practices, Johnson and Marshall have split the reps with the first-team offense. That mirrors how the Tigers allocated the snaps during the spring as well.
While Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Marshall wouldn't run out on the field when the Tigers' offense has the ball for their first possession of the season, he declined to reveal how long the senior signal-caller would sit.
Not that it matters to Lashlee, who believes the offense is equally potent regardless of which quarterback is at the controls.
"We feel good with Nick and we feel good when Jeremy has to play," he said.
And until game week draws closer, Lashlee won't hear any more talk of who's starting and who isn't.
He's just going to keep his head down and keep coaching.
"Coach (Malzahn) has said Nick's not starting the first game," Lashlee said. "That's where we're at and we're going to practice."