Auburn wants quarterbacks to go from solid to great
April 7, 2015

JeremyJohnson
Auburn's Jeremy Johnson looks to throw as Sean White shadows the play


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Rhett Lashlee says quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Sean White have been solid through the first nine spring practices.

"I'm just wanting in the last six practices those guys to both take the next step and go from being just steady to being great."

Auburn's offensive coordinator is looking for Nick Marshall's replacement in a quarterback who has experience, in Johnson; and in White, who was redshirted last season.

"I'm happy with the way Sean and Jeremy are both competing," Lashlee said after Tuesday's practice. "They haven't made a lot of mistakes. Mentally, they know the offense. They're doing what they're supposed to do."

The next step, says Lashlee, goes something like this:

"The tough throw where the guy's covered but we have got to drop it in right here. I expect them to do that every time," Lashlee said. "We've got to get the ball in the end zone more than we did (in last Saturday's scrimmage) I think we had two touchdowns. We had two drives where we drove the ball over 10 plays inside the 10, one time inside the 5, and we kicked field goals. Well, we know all too well from two games last year that can't happen."

Lashlee said he's looking for "just kind of really moving the football down the field. These last two scrimmages, I'm looking for those guys to really raise their level."

The next scrimmage will be Saturday, then the A-Day Game on April 18. Lashlee says he's not sure which format Auburn will use for the spring game, but "I want to give them both good opportunities. I think they're working hard and earned it; and we want to see what they can do with people around."

Lashlee says he's not sure if Auburn will name a starter by the end of spring practice.

"I don't really have a preference one way or the other," he said. "I'm fine if we do. I think each year your team and the people competing are different. Some years you want to keep the competition going, some years you want to name them when you think you know. 'What's the reason to wait?' That's something Coach and I will talk about as we get closer to A-Day or the other side of A-Day."

Auburn's third quarterback, true freshman Tyler Queen, got a taste of Jordan-Hare Stadium in last Saturday's scrimmage. He didn't wear a non-contact jersey like Johnson and White did.

"It's kind of becoming a tradition here, your first scrimmage you get to be live," Lashlee said. "He did a good job. He extended some drives, threw a touchdown pass on a scramble play. There was a couple of third downs he extended the play, so he did some good things."\

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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