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.