Jeremy Johnson will be looking to lead Auburn past LSU
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Rhett Lashlee looks at game film and sees what you don't see, like the times Jeremy Johnson smartly threw the ball away or the times others may have wandered off course.
Auburn's offensive coordinator says his quarterback will be fine, saying he plans to put Johnson in more comfortable situations when Auburn plays at LSU on Saturday.
"We really believe in Jeremy. He's going to be a great player," Lashlee said after Wednesday's practice. "He did a lot of things really well the last game. Some of the throws the average person looks at… he was throwing the ball away because they were doubling somebody, or they were doing this, or they gave us different look and there was nothing there and he threw it away. Sometimes that's a great play."
Even better is leading a team to a late win, like Johnson did against Jacksonville State last week.
"The biggest thing I wanted to see going into the season is what is he going to do when the game is on the line," Lashlee said. "When the game is on the line and the pressure is on, he led us down and made a big-time third-down throw for a touchdown. That's not easy to do."
Johnson's five interceptions have distracted from his game. But want to know who has thrown for the most yards through the first two games of a season since Cam Newton showed up at Auburn in 2010? Not Cam Newton or Nick Marshall.
The answer is Barrett Trotter.
Trotter passed for 407 yards in the first two games in 2011. The runner-up? Jeremy Johnson this season. Johnson passed for 373 yards against Louisville and Jacksonville State, completing 60.4 percent of his passes.
Lashlee said there's more where that came from.
"I've got to do a better job putting him in positive situations to be successful. The guys around him have to do a better job," Lashlee said. "A lot of time the focus goes on one guy, good or bad, and usually it is somewhere in between. It's not all their fault, and it's not all the praise. We just have to play better as a group.
"Quarterbacks are going to make a couple of poor decisions a game. A lot of times you get away with it. He's not getting away with it. That goes back to putting him in a good position. When I put him in a bad positions, he's just got to take the easy way out and not try to make something out of a bad situation and move on. That's going to happen in every game. I'm proud of the way he bounced back. Overall, he threw the ball nicely."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine