Skip to content

Auburn won’t publicly name Jeremy Johnson starter for opener

Nearly a week ago, Gus Malzahn confirmed that Nick Marshall wouldn’t start the opener because of a marijuana citation earlier this offseason.  It would stand to reason, then, that Marshall’s backup, Jeremy Johnson, would be under center when the Tigers open the season against SEC foe Arkansas.

While you know it, and I know it, Malzahn won’t allow you or I to write it down in ink quite yet.

We’re not even going to go there yet,” the AU head coach said Wednesday when asked about Johnson starting the opener. “We’ll wait and in time we’ll make sure and tell everybody how we’re going to go about it, but obviously we have a lot of confidence in him, and like I’ve said before, his skills and what he can do.”

Johnson spent 2013 as Marshall’s backup after the two battled for the starting job in summer camp, and is the unquestioned No. 2 entering 2014.

It really doesn’t matter who starts the Razorbacks game as not only is Marshall the without-a-doubt starter moving forward, he’ll play in the opener after his unspecified bench punishment has been served. It’s just a little odd that Malzahn won’t acknowledge the obvious, even if the first game is three weeks down the road.

Permalink 7 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Auburn Tigers, Rumor Mill, Southeastern Conference, Top Posts
7 Responses to “Auburn won’t publicly name Jeremy Johnson starter for opener”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 7, 2014 1:25 PM

    Malzahn is probably hoping that they win the coin toss and then defer to the 2nd half. This way he may be able to run just 1 or 2 offensive series in the 1st quarter and then put Marshall in the game.

  2. wareagle1961 says: Aug 7, 2014 1:26 PM

    Why would he say more than this? It’s somewhat of a competitive advantage to force Arkansas to prepare for both.

  3. 1990tiger says: Aug 7, 2014 2:39 PM

    and Malzahn frustrates JT once again…….

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2014 3:32 PM

    It seems to me, publicly being named the starter is something you earn…

    He didn’t earn the starters job, he is getting it by default.

    But then again… what do I know?

  5. theanswerisme says: Aug 7, 2014 3:58 PM

    They’ve practiced for a whopping 6 days. Gus strikes me as the type of coach who is very calculating about his decisions. And with Beilema screaming that he wants to play the entire game against Nick Marshall, if I were Gus I’d make BB prepare for two QB’s both capable of winning this game.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2014 4:28 PM

    Beilema is an idiot…. he needs to win 1 SEC game before he starts calling out players he wants to play against….

  7. patbocam says: Aug 7, 2014 5:27 PM

    Whomever the starting QB is. Auburn beats the pigs by 20

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!