“I’ve said from Day 1, whoever gives us the best chance of winning and being successful will be our quarterback. Obviously, it’s tough for a true freshman in this league but if … we believe he gives us the best chance of winning, he’ll be our quarterback.” Words spoken about true freshman Jeremy Johnson by Gus Malzahn during the pre season.
Well that time has arrived. Malzahn announced tonight on twitter that No.1 QB Nick Marshall is still aggravated by a knee injury he sustained during the win over Ole Miss last Saturday and will not be ready to play.
Now it’s Johnson’s turn to take the reigns. A highly touted quarterback coming out of Montgomery-Carver High School, he was named Mr Football for the state of Alabama last year. He becomes the fourth true freshman to start at quarterback for Auburn since Gabe Gross did it in 1998. The other two were Kodi Burns in 2007 and Jonathan Wallace in 2012.
If Johnson does exceedingly well (despite the level of competition) could this become a long term move or will we see Marshall back next week against Texas A&M?
After Jeremy Johnson led the Tigers over WCU 62 – 3, Coach Malzahn said in his postgame remarks, “I want to make this clear, Nick Marshall is our starting quarterback. When Nick is 100 percent, he will be back.”