Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and quarterback Nick Marshall were two huge reasons as to why the Tigers nearly completed one of the greatest one-season turnarounds in college football history. The combination of the play calling of Malzahn and the constant progression of Marshall–a former Georgia DB–under center had the team literally within just over a minute of defeating the Florida State Seminoles for the national championship.
However, Marshall’s progression throughout the season also made people forget that there was once a QB controversy this season between Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson, which a lot of the Auburn fan base wanting to see Johnson in the game.
Johnson also played some this season in replace of the injured Marshall, going 29-of-41 passing with six touchdowns.
In the end, though, Tigers coordinator Rhett Lashlee reiterated that there will be no controversy as Auburn heads into next season and tries to repeat as SEC Champions.
“Nick is our starter, our guys believe in him,” Lashlee said after Auburn’s heartbreaking 34-31 loss to Florida State in the BCS Championship. “We have a lot of confidence in Jeremy Johnson but I don’t see any reason for anybody to make something out of nothing.”
It absolutely does make sense for Marshall to be the starter, but you also have to wonder how much more dangerous this offense can be if they can find a way to insert Johnson in some way or another.