Auburn coach Gus Malzahn names likely starting QB for Idaho game
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson started his second consecutive game against Georgia last Saturday. The entire team struggled offensively in the 20-13 loss, but Johnson will likely get another chance to lead the Tigers this weekend against Idaho.
“If you ask me right now we’ll probably go with Jeremy (Johnson),” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. “Sean (White) is not 100 percent, but at the same time we feel good about Jeremy running our offense.”
Johnson completed 14-of-22 passes for 61 yards and an interception in the loss to the Bulldogs. White, who is nursing a left knee injury, entered the game in the third quarter. The freshman signal-caller was clearly hampered by the injury, as he completed 1-of-5 passes for one yard on four possessions. He also fumbled.
“Our plan was to play them both,” Malzahn said Tuesday. “It didn’t work out. We thought he (White) was a little healthier than he was.”
Malzahn indicated that White could play again this Saturday if he progresses well during the week. But for now, it appears Johnson will be under center to begin the game.
Both quarterbacks did not play well last Saturday, but Malzahn shouldered the blame for the offensive drought against the Bulldogs.
“The bottom line is when we don’t do well offensively, that’s on me,” Malzahn said. “I’ve got to find a way to fix that, and that’s what we’re working to do to finish this thing the right way.”