Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson has gone from preseason Heisman candidate to having his ability to see opposing defenses questioned in a matter of two games.
Johnson has thrown five interceptions in Auburn’s first two wins, the most in two games by an SEC quarterback since 2009.
But Auburn alumnus Andrew Sims seems to have a solution for Johnson in an open letter he posted on medium.com. You can read the full letter here.
Here are the highlights:
“This is your year,” Sims writes. “You’ve waited. You’ve trained. You’ve prepared yourself. And now is your time. It’s all yours for the taking.”
“Let’s be honest. It’s been a rough start. Nobody can argue with that, and I know you’re not denying it.”
“Jeremy, don’t listen to the few that would want to say awful things to you during this time.”
“You’re not scared of what lies ahead. You know that this weekend, LSU will be a challenge. You’re not afraid. And you shouldn’t be.”
“You read your own press. It’s OK. Nobody amongst us could blame you. But it’s time to forget it. You’re now the leader of a team of great men.”
There you have it, maybe Johnson just needed some encouragement ahead of a crucial game against LSU this weekend.
It’s unlikely this letter will help Johnson against a talented LSU defense on Saturday, but you never know.
At least Johnson still has at least one fan behind him.