Jeremy Johnson has big shoes to fill in Auburn after QB Nick Marshall led the team to an SEC Championship less than two years ago.
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Auburn Tigers junior QB Jeremy Johnson has been named the team’s new starting QB and will replace departed QB Nick Marshall in 2015.
After a strong team practice this past weekend, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced via Twitter that Johnson had won the QB competition and will start for the Tigers this coming season.
We just named Jeremy Johnson our starting QB for 2015. Everyone in our program has 100 percent confidence in him! War Eagle!
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) April 20, 2015
A junior QB with size similar to legendary Auburn QB Cam Newton Johnson has been the primary backup to former starting QB Nick Marshall since 2013, mostly playing in spot duty. In 2014 during the season opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks, Johnson recorded his most significant playing time, going 12-of-16 for 243 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half as Marshall was forced to sit due to a suspension. He has played in 13 games for his career at Auburn and has completed 57 passes for 858 yards with 9 TDs and a 73.1% completion rate.
In two seasons under Gus Malzahn since he replaced former National Championship head coach Gene Chizik in 2013, Malzahn has led the Tigers to a 20-7 overall record with an SEC Championship win and an appearance in the 2013 BCS National Championship.