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Auburn Will Start Jeremy Johnson At QB Vs. Alabama A&M

Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn announced on Thursday that senior Jeremy Johnson will get the start at quarterback in place of the injured Sean White.

Auburn, Ala.--With starting quarterback Sean White bothered by an injured throwing shoulder, Coach Gus Malzahn announced the sophomore won’t play this weekend against Alabama A&M and will instead be replaced in the lineup by senior Jeremy Johnson.

Playing in his final home game at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Senior Day, Johnson has earned the right to take the first snaps and run the offense said Malzahn.

"Sean White has not practiced this week," Malzahn said. "Jeremy Johnson is going to start us out. It's Senior Day and I know our team is excited for him. He's excited and I'm excited for him.
"I'll tell you this, he's extremely excited," he added. "It's a chance to start in his last home game. He's had a good week of practice and his teammates are excited for him and I know that makes him feel good. The coaching staff is excited for him too. I really think he'll play well."

Johnson moves in front of the No. 2 quarterback for much of the season, junior college transfer John Franklin. Malzahn said Franklin will get some time this weekend, but they felt like it was the right move to move Johnson into the starting role.

"John Franklin will have a chance to do some things too," Malzahn said. "We're very excited for Jeremy and he'll be ready to go."

Attempting just six passes this season with four completions for 38 yards and one interception, Johnson has been solid in his career with the Tigers but never became the star quarterback that was expected of him coming out of Carver-Montgomery.

Last season Johnson was the starter for the Tigers entering the season and had the billing as one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Despite completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,054 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions, Johnson’s early season struggles put the offense in a funk and the Tigers turned to White at quarterback.

As a sophomore Johnson showed a lot of promise, completing 28-37 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The bulk of that came in the opener against Arkansas when Nick Marshall was suspended for the first half. In 30 minutes against the Razorbacks Johnson completed 12-16 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the way to a 45-31 win.

As a freshman Johnson saw time behind Marshall for the Tigers, completing 29-41 passes for 422 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.

For his career Johnson has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 1,950 yards and 19 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.


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