Johnson To Get The Start For Tigers

Auburn will start true freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson on Saturday with starter Nick Marshall still not 100 percent.

Auburn, Ala.--With Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall not 100 percent according to coach Gus Malzahn after getting banged up in last weeks' win over Ole Miss, the Tigers will have a new starter on homecoming against Western Carolina and it's true freshman Jeremy Johnson from Montgomery.

"Nick Marshall is not 100 percent so we are going with Jeremy Johnson at QB tomorrow," Malzahn said. "Have a lot of confidence in him and he is well prepared."

Impressive since arriving on campus over the summer, Johnson made a serious push to be the starting quarterback this season before Marshall won the job. Since that time Johnson has continued to get reps with the first team throughout the preseason and into the regular season. He has yet to play in a game this season.

One of the top quarterback prospects in the country for the 2013 class, the 6-5, 220 Johnson has all the tools to be a big-time player for the Tigers. As a senior for the Wolverines, Johnson was named Alabama's Mr. Football after throwing for 3,193 yards and 31 touchdowns and adding 705 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

In five games this season Marshall is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 902 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions. The first-year starter has also rushed for 288 yards--averages of 57.6 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry.

Auburn will face Western Carolina on homecoming at Jordan-Hare Stadium with kickoff set for 1 p.m. The game can be seen on pay-per-view in Alabama.

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