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Auburn QBs enjoy spring solid start, says Rhett Lashlee
March 17, 2015

Jeremy Johnson is looking for a big spring at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

-- Quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Sean White will return to the Auburn practice field Tuesday running the first-team offense hoping to continue to impress offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee in the second week of spring work.

They did a good job of doing in Week One.

Lashlee says the first three days of spring practice last week went well enough as the Tigers officially opened the race to replace two-year starter Nick Marshall. Johnson is the one with real-live college experience. White was redshirt last season. Junior college transfer Jason Smith and early freshman enrollee Tyler Queen have been running the second-team offense.

Johnson and White have been the first up.

"They're both pretty good athletes. They can both really throw the football," Lashlee said.

Lashlee has seen what Johnson can do in games, and says there's a lot to like. Big arm, yes, but Johnson has more to offer.

"He's very smart, he thinks the game like a quarterback. He's very calm out there, he's comfortable leading as a quarterback," Lashlee said.

"He's a good person. He's a good kid. You're going to see him doing the things he should be doing off the field and being a good example to our guys."


"And then you have to take into account his athleticism."

Ah, the athleticism.

"He's got all the arm talent you could want," Lashlee said. "He can throw the ball vertically down the field, he can hit every throw on the field to boundary, to intermediate to field comebacks.

He was Mr. Football in state high school football, and Lashlee said Johnson should have been Mr. Basketball, too.

"The guy is 6-5-and-a-half, 6-6, at the time, 220 or 230 that can run in the 4.5s. Just overall great athleticism. What's not to like?"

Johnson has hit 57-of-78 passes for 858 yards and nine touchdowns the last two seasons.

"When we got him in here, he picked things up really quick. He played a lot that first year when he was behind Nick and was able to come in last year and start the first game and do well for us. We just want him to keep coming," Lashlee said.

Lashlee says Smith and Queen are having to learn on the fly.

"We're not slowing it down for them, so they've done real well," Lashlee said.

"I think they're able to go out and at least execute the plays to the best of their ability, but they're able to function, which is good three days in, because they're having to install at Jeremy and Sean's pace."

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