AU Football Position Preview: Quarterbacks

Previewing the quarterback position in 2015 for the Auburn Tigers.

Jeremy Johnson (above) was named a second team all-league pick at SEC Football Media Days.

Quarterbacks Losses: Nick Marshall
Additions: Tyler Queen

The Contenders:

This question has already been answered as Jeremy Johnson won the starting quarterback job over Sean White and Queen following a strong spring practice. In two career starts heading into his junior season Johnson has shown the ability to get the job done.

Last year against Arkansas in just a half the Montgomery native completed 12-16 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns. As a true freshman he started against Western Carolina, completing 17-21 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception.

While not a quarterback who will likely run for 1,000 yards, Johnson also has the ability to make plays with his legs. That should serve him and the Auburn offense well with teams focusing on the pass rush and also paying more attention to the running backs.

Capable of getting the job done if called upon, White is a precise passer who can deliver from the pocket. While not a dangerous runner, the redshirt freshman can make plays with his feet if needed and should be able to get some critical yardage on occasion.

A combination of Johnson and White, Queen is physical at around 240 pounds, but can really run. With a strong arm he is getting back into prime form following shoulder issues late in his junior year of high school, Queen is likely headed for a redshirt season, but has the ability to be a player down the road for the Tigers. Walk-on Tucker Tuberville, a 6-0, 192 senior, will be the scout team quarterback again this year.

Sean White's strength is his accuracy as a passer.

The Verdict

Unless something unusual happens Johnson should be headed for a very big year. If there is one thing that Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee have done on the collegiate level it is produce quarterbacks that have put up big numbers. Starting with Chris Todd in 2009, Malzahn’s time at Auburn has almost exclusively included big seasons for the quarterback. With a skill set that should be a perfect fit with a deep and talented receiver corps outside, Johnson’s name could become a household one in college football by the time the 2015 season is done.

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