Jeremy Johnson is getting call as Auburn's starting quarterback against Texas A&M
By Charles Goldberg
COLLEGE STATION, Texas ― Jeremy Johnson will replace injured Sean White as Auburn's starting quarterback against Texas A&M on Saturday night, coach Gus Malzahn announced before kickoff.
Johnson, who started the first three games of the season, is getting the call because a knee injury prevented White from practicing this week. White has started the last five games, but Malzahn said he would only be used Saturday in an "emergency situation."
Jonathan Wallace, who started four games for Auburn in 2011 but has played receiver the last two years, will be the backup quarterback.
Malzahn said he had confidence in Johnson.
"He's had a very good week of practice. I really think he's ready for this moment," Malzahn said.
"We feel like we have a good plan. We have a lot of faith in Jeremy. He's excited."
Johnson was on call to start against Ole Miss last week as well, but White, already nursing a sore knee, showed enough in pregame workouts to win the start. White played most of the way, though Johnson threw three passes against the Rebels.
"He had to prepare like he was going to start last week, and that's what he did," Malzahn said. "This week, we were able to tell him a little bit earlier in the week when we figured out Sean wasn't going to be able to play. I know that will help him. Our team is behind him. He's going to fight.
"He practiced well and had a great attitude, and he's ready. He's been through a lot this season, and he's been waiting for this moment."
Johnson is 44-of-75 passing for 517 yards with five touchdown passes and six interceptions. White is 74-of-125 for 1,063 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine