Auburn, Ala.--Completing 13-19 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a pair of scores on the ground, Auburn junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson had a bounce back performance for the Tigers on Saturday in a win over Idaho. With two solid weeks in the last three games and the offense moving the ball well under his guidance in the loss to Georgia, Johnson has done some good things and Lashlee said this weekend’s was perhaps his best overall performance.
“We've missed some throws or we've missed completing some throws and catches, but in terms of taking care of the football and knowing where to go with it and having that level of confidence, I think he's better,” Lashlee said. “I think he'd tell you that. Yesterday, I don't think he made one bad decision the whole game, so that says a lot about where he's come and they gave us a bunch of different looks.
“They were doing a bunch of different things and blitzing different ways to try to stop things and he made some good decisions, whether it be the run or the pass game, every time. That's what we need first and foremost. I liked his demeanor yesterday.”
Saying that they are in the early stages of putting a plan together for Alabama, Lashlee said Sean White his getting healthier and they will likely need both quarterbacks moving forward. While White could see some action against the Crimson Tide it will likely be Johnson’s game to win or lose and Lashlee said the way the Montgomery native has responded has him confident he can get the job done.
“Yeah, he’s been really good the last three weeks,” Lashlee said. “I think again, we talked about it a few weeks ago, he stepped back and he was able to kind of regroup, and when he came back in he just kind of played.
“He’s done a good job of allowing his teammates to help him; he’s not trying to do anything by himself. I think over those last three games he’s started to play better because he’s just trusting those guys, he’s doing his job, not trying to do too much and letting those guys help him. I think he’s having a little bit of fun now, which is good.”
No matter who is taking the snaps this Saturday the biggest question mark may be just who are they coming from? Auburn’s starter this season, Austin Golson was held out of the Idaho game after spraining his knee in the loss to Georgia and that allowed Devonte Danzey to get his first start at center for the Tigers.
Also held out was left tackle Shon Coleman with Robert Leff taking over for him and doing a very good job according to Lashlee. With two key offensive linemen in question Lashlee said at the moment it’s just wait and see.
“I feel pretty good that we came out of that game; the guys that didn’t have to go, obviously that helped, the guys that did are no worse for it,” Lashlee said. “(I’m) Optimistic everybody will be ready to go this week. Austin’s probably the most questionable of all those, but we’ll just have to see how the week progresses, but we feel pretty good.”