Johnson completed 10-16 passes for 192 yards and two touchdown on Saturday night. On his first play in the game, a third down and 13 call, Johnson threw a perfect pass to Sammie Coates, who beat the FAU secondary deep on a 36-yard scoring play.
Johnson also hooked up with Coates on another long pass, a 67-yarder in the second quarter.
Prior to Saturday's 45-10 victory over Florida Atlantic, Johnson's playing time had been limited to a start vs. Western Carolina when Marshall was held out action due to a sore knee plus a handful of plays vs. Texas A&M. Johnson was named SEC Player of the Week when he hit 17-21 passes for 201 yards and rushed for 26 more yards vs. the Catamounts.
Jeremy Johnson runs the football vs. Florida Atlantic.
Johnson also rushed for 21 yards on four carries on Saturday night as the Tigers improved to 7-1 this season, earning a No. 8 national ranking this week in the AP Top 25 poll and the 11th spot in the BCS rankings.
"Coach Malzahn always tells me to prepare and focus like a starter," Johnson said. "That's what I did throughout the week and before I got in the game."
Offensive coordinator and QB coach Rhett Lashlee had praise for the freshman from Montgomery. "When Jeremy was able to step right in, I felt like we didn't miss a beat," the coach said. "I felt like he played well.
"The first play that he was in was a big third down and he got one-on-one coverage and made a good throw," Lashlee pointed out. "I think that settled him down and our whole team was able to feel like it's just business as usual. Our guys have a lot of confidence in both of them. Jonathan Wallace, when he was in there, did fine, too."
Lashlee says that Marshall, who returned to practice on Sunday night after hurting his shoulder vs. FAU, should be ready to resume his starting role this week.
The Tigers, who are off from practice on Monday, will continue on-the-field preparations for their game vs. Arkansas on Tuesday. Kickoff for the SEC West matchup is at 5 p.m. CDT from Reynolds Razorback Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN2.