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.
Nick Marshall is not 100 percent so we are going with Jeremy Johnson at QB tomorrow. Have a lot of confidence in him and he is well prepared
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) October 11, 2013
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.