Auburn's Jeremy Johnson Says He Will Keep Competing No Matter What His Role Is This Season

Jeremy Johnson talks about the competition at quarterback and his defensive teammates as the Tigers wrap up spring football drills.

Jeremy Johnson (above) is shown at Saturday's A-Day Game.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior quarterback Jeremy Johnson said no matter where he lands on the depth chart for his final college football season he plans to “keep competing.”

Last year he opened the season as Auburn's starter, but lost that spot in game four after a slow start with Sean White taking over as No. 1.

Johnson regained the starting role for the final four games of the regular season with White injured, but played only sparingly in the bowl game as White’s backup.

“I ?am a competitor,” said Johnson when asked what he would do if he opens the season as a backup. “I am not going anywhere. I am going to compete and just keep going from there.”

Johnson, who is scheduled to graduate in December, started one game as a true freshman in 2013 and one in 2014. The senior is competing for playing time this year with junior college transfer John Franklin and White, who shared reps with the first and second teams in the annual spring game on Saturday.

There were just two touchdowns on A-Day. The first was a 40-yard pass play from Franklin to Marcus Davis just before halftime. The other was an eight-yard pass from Johnson to Roc Thomas in the third quarter.

“It was good, it was fun,” Johnson said of the A-Day scrimmage. “It was something for our fans, just having fun.”

The defense, which held the upper hand in the scrimmage, won praise from Johnson. “The defense is good,” he said. “They really are. There is a lot of experience on that side of the ball. We feel good as an overall team where we are at going into the fall.

“Obviously, they probably got the best of us, but we kept it really simple,” the quarterback pointed out. “They have been seeing a lot at practice, but those guys are really flying around excited to play with each other. This is probably the defense I have seen since I?have been here.”

Johnson said that he tried to be more aggressive in his play after a slow start that included an overthrown pass on a short route when he had a receiver open deeper down the field. “My read took me down to the check down and it was kind of windy so that held me back a little bit,” he said. “I just decided to give those guys chances in the second half and throw it deep.”

The senior almost hooked up with wide receiver Darius Slayton on a long touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but the redshirt freshman dropped the football.

Despite the drop the quarterback said that Slayton, one of the team's fastest players, can contribute this fall. “We have been moving him around a lot and he is still trying to learn different positions,” the senior said. “He is going to help us a lot. The coaches and the players all believe in him.”

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