Reading some of the press clippings from the summer you would have expected Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson to be the reincarnation of Heisman Trophy quarterback Cam Newton. Two weeks in and that is far from the reality of the situation for Auburn’s offense, but head coach Gus Malzahn is not wavering on his starting quarterback just yet. He was pretty blunt about it as well on Monday.
“At the end of the day, he made the plays to help us win,” Malzahn said. “I’ve got to put him [in a] better position to be successful and we’ll do that.”
Auburn is 2-0, but it is a far less impressive 2-0 start than what was expected of the Tigers this season. Johnson has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns in wins over Louisville and Jacksonville State, but he has been picked off five times as well. Four of those interceptions have come when the game was a one-score or less game. While Johnson and Auburn have been able to escape with wins in the first two games, those are the kinds of situations Auburn will not be able to afford to make mistakes when it gets into SEC play.