Earlier this month, Jeremy Johnson had yet to separate himself from the rest of the Auburn quarterback pack, even as he’s long been expected to be the successor to Nick Marshall. Monday, the expected officially came to fruition.
Head coach Gus Malzahn took to Twitter Monday afternoon to announce, to the surprise of absolutely no one, Johnson has been named as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. The anointing comes two days after Auburn’s spring game.
“Everyone in our program has 100 percent confidence in him!” Malzahn wrote in his tweet.
Johnson’s main competition had been redshirt freshman Sean White. Jason Smith and Tyler Queen were also technically in the mix.
Last season as Marshall’s primary backup, Johnson completed 28-of-37 passes for 436 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. More than half of those pass attempts (21) came in the 2014 opener against Arkansas as Johnson started in place of Marshall, who was suspended following an offseason weed incident.
Johnson and Auburn will open the 2015 season Sept. 5 against Louisville in a neutral-site matchup in the Georgia Dome.