Auburn junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson has started the past three games for the Tigers, but the team could still use two quarterbacks against Alabama in the Iron Bowl this weekend.
“We know we’ll probably need both of those guys (Johnson and freshman Sean White),” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told reporters on Sunday.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean White has started five games this season, but he has been limited by a left knee injury since a loss to Arkansas on Oct. 24. White played just four possessions in Auburn’s 20-13 loss to UGA before sitting out against Idaho on Saturday.
Johnson played well in two of his three starts since filling in for White. The junior completed 13-of-19 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns this past weekend. Johnson has progressed well since he was benched in favor of White after a 45-21 loss to LSU in Week 3 of the season.
“He’s been really good the last three weeks,” Lashlee said on Sunday, according to Charles Goldberg of auburntigers.com. “He stepped back and he was able to kind of regroup, and when he came back in he just kind of played. He’s done a good job of allowing his teammates to help him; he’s not trying to do anything by himself. I think over those last three games he’s started to play better because he’s just trusting those guys, he’s doing his job.”
Despite Johnson’s improvement, it sounds like White will get a chance to take the field in the Iron Bowl. Lashlee said that resting White along with injured left tackle Shon Coleman and center Austin Golson for the Idaho game helped all three players. Golson, however, remains questionable to play against the Crimson Tide.
Auburn will host Alabama this Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS.