Oct 5, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers linebacker Kris Frost (17) celebrates with fans after the Tigers beat the Mississippi Rebels 30-22 at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Freshman Jeremy Johnson to start at QB for Auburn Tigers

Last Saturday, Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn wrapped up one of his signature wins of his short tenure thus far when his team beat Ole Miss by a score of 30-22. In that game, however, starting QB Nick Marshall injured his knee and has been questionable for the majority of the week.

Friday evening, head coach Gus Malzahn took to his twitter account and announced that, with Marshall not being 100% less than 24 hours before they take the field against Western Carolina, true freshman Jeremy Johnson will start in his place.


Johnson was an integral part of taking the Auburn quarterback race, which saw last year’s starting QB Kiehl Frazier drop out of, down to the wire through the summer, a race that was ultimately won by Marshall.

Malzahn has stated previously that he would be more than comfortable handing the reins over to a true freshman, if he gives the team the best chance to win. Johnson is said to have a strong, accurate arm and good presence with the offense for someone so young.

Should Johnson impress tomorrow, the Tigers may have a QB beef on their hands.

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