Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson began last spring with the first team. He won the job, but he struggled as the starter to begin last season.
For now, Johnson is getting another shot to with the first unit.
Johnson took the first-team reps during Auburn’s fourth spring practice Tuesday, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Black. Sean White, who replaced Johnson after four games last season, led the second team, while John Franklin III worked with the third string players.
Johnson finished last season strong by leading the Tigers to a comeback victory over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. That was after the team fell behind with White as the starter in the first half. Johnson’s performance gave him confidence heading into this spring. But it is hard to discern if Johnson is truly ahead of the other passers at this point.
On the injury front, defensive back Rudy Ford, who led the team in tackles last season, missed his fourth consecutive practice with what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn called a “minor” illness last week. However, junior college transfer Paul James participated for the first time this spring. James missed the first three practices with a foot injury.
Auburn will be back on the practice field Thursday.