Johnson, who started once as a freshman and once as a sophomore while backing up Nick Marshall both years, will be a junior this season.
“Jeremy had an outstanding spring,” Malzahn said of the six-foot-five, 230-pound quarterback, who was named Alabama’s Mr. Football as a senior at Carver High in Montgomery.
“We knew a lot about him already,” Malzahn pointed out. “The last two years he was our backup and got a lot of quality experience in games. Probably more importantly, he got a lot of reps with our ones the last two years, which really helped him.”
As a sophomore Johnson completed 28-37 passes for 436 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. As a true freshman for the 2013 SEC champions he hit 29-41 passes for 422 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
“This spring he really stepped up,” Malzahn said. “He has taken charge. This is his team, not just offensively. The defensive players have responded to him and he had an excellent spring.”
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