Jeremy Johnson leads the way for Roc Thomas in Auburn's A-Day Game
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Roc Thomas picked up a big lead blocker who was only happy enough to guide him to the end zone.
That was part of quarterback Jeremy Johnson big day at Auburn's A-Day on Saturday.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound QB provided Thomas the cover he needed to score on a 36-yard run, but the most impressive things he did was doing what quarterbacks are meant to do. Coach Gus Malzahn said Johnson was in command of the offense, and he only played in the first half to do it.
Johnson, played with the first-team offense, completed 14-of-22 passes for 252 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Duke Williams and a 43-yard touchdown pass to Myron Burton.
Johnson's team won 24-14, though it didn't score in the second half without him.
Jeremy Johnson: Quarterback... and blocker.
"It was fun," Johnson said. "Roc's a great back. As long as he makes plays like that this year and keeps the defense on their toes to stop the run, it's going to open up the pass game."
Johnson, in a race with Sean White to replace Nick Marshall as the starting quarterback, said he "didn't perform to my best that I thought I should've performed. But I did OK. It was just really about giving our receivers a chance and letting them make plays down the field."
Johnson did that, completing passes of, in order of distance, 49, 43, 36, 25, 20, 13, 12, 12, 9, 7, 7, 6, 5 and 5 yards. The TD pass to Williams delighted the fans.
"We've just got to give him a chance," Johnson said. "We know he's an unbelievable receiver. As long as he gets a chance to make a play, he's going to make it."
Johnson also talked of some of the other passes that came away.
"It all comes with timing," he said. "That's what we're going to work on this summer, our timing throws and giving them a chance down the field -- even if they're not open, just give them a great ball to go up high and make a play."
Sean White completed 15-of-19 passes for 109 yards as the quarterback race continued.
"We weren't really running any complex plays," White said. "We ran a lot of stuff, but a lot of it is very vanilla stuff. The offense can only get better, but the defense did a nice job. I went against the first-team defense today, and I thought they did a pretty nice job stopping us."
Auburn will have a light practice Monday, designed as a review and to instruct what the players can do in individual workouts now that spring practice is done.
Johnson said he's not sure when any other messages will be forthcoming.
"We don't know who our quarterback is yet. We're just waiting for Coach Malzahn to make that announcement," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine