AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s roller coaster career will not end at the A-Day game this spring.
The rising senior quarterback, who was benched three games into the 2015 season, plans to return to Auburn and compete for the starting job in August.
“I’m going to be here. I’m going to stay here,” he said after Saturday’s A-Day game. “I’m going to compete for the job and get my degree in December and go on about my business.”
Johnson was 6 of 13 passing for 35 yards and one touchdown, an eight-yard strike early in the third quarter.
Johnson faces stiff competition from Sean White (8 of 14 passing, 125 yards) and newcomer John Franklin III (7 of 11 passing, 61 yards, 1 touchdown) this summer. Coach Gus Malzahn said he’s not certain if he will name a starter next week. The Tigers end spring practices Tuesday with a light workout.
Johnson threw six interceptions in the first three games of the 2015 season, which co-led the country, and was benched. He started once more in a road win at Texas A&M, but was again benched in favor of White in the Birmingham Bowl.
“Keep competing,” Johnson said. “Where am I going to go? I’m a competitor. I’m not going nowhere. I’ll keep competing for the starting quarterback job.”