From preseason Heisman Trophy favorite to backup to Birmingham Bowl hero, Auburn senior quarterback Jeremy Johnson experienced more highs and lows last season than many players experience in their college careers.
“I mean, look, let’s call it like it is: He went through something that not a lot of guys his age—that’s about as hard as it gets, you know?” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Thursday night, according to The Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek. “He’s a kid, man. No one was more disappointed with how things turned out for him in particular than he was.”
Johnson entered spring practice with a renewed confidence after his ending to last season. The senior is competing for the starting job again this spring with sophomore Sean White — who replaced Johnson after his benching — and junior college transfer John Franklin III.
“You know, confidence in life is a fleeting, fragile thing, and the craziest things can have you lose it and the craziest things can bring it back to you,” Lashlee said. “But he seems like a confident young man, and like I said, I’ve been proud of him thus far.”
It seems Johnson has forgotten about his first three games as a starter last season, where he lost his confidence and threw six interceptions.
“I think it just says a lot about him, how he’s bounced back, how he’s responded, his attitude, his work ethic and his demeanor and the way he is out there, you’d never know (about the benching),” Lashlee said.