Jeremy Johnson will be looking to help Auburn as the starting quarterback in 2015
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeremy Johnson has won the starting quarterback job at Auburn after a solid spring practice, a big A-Day Game performance and after serving as Nick Marshall's backup the last two seasons.
Coach Gus Malzahn told the team Monday afternoon the news as the Tigers met to wind down spring practice.
"Everyone in our program has 100 percent confidence in him!" Malzahn tweeted to fans.
Johnson, the only quarterback on the team who has thrown a college pass, won the job over redshirt freshman Sean White.
"I'm very excited about this year, and I'm pretty sure the rest of the guys are, too," Johnson said after Saturday's A-Day Game. "We're just coming on as a team and building team chemistry on and off the field."
Johnson said before the game that he was working on becoming a vocal leader. He's shown he has the passing arm to do it.
He completed 28-of-37 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns last year and has completed 57-of-78 passes for 858 yards and nine touchdown over the last two years. He started the season-opener against Arkansas last year when Marshall was held out of the first half for an off-the-field incident.
Johnson completed 14-of-22 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in the A-Day Game, all in the first half. Neither Johnson nor White played in the second half.
"It was really a fun day for our fans. We've got the best fans in college football, so we just tried to give them a great show of what's coming up next season," Johnson said after the game.
Malzahn said Johnson "did some good things" at A-Day.
"He has really good command of our offense," he said.
Gus Malzahn's announcement...
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
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine