Jeremy Johnson 11-of-21 for 137 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions; one rush for one yard, one touchdown
There was good, bad and ugly parts of Jeremy Johnson’s debut as starting quarterback for Auburn. Here are the highlights of his performance:
Jeremy Johnson Throws His Third Interception of the Game
Johnson underthrew his receiver again and the Cardinals defense took advantage. It was the third interception of the game for Johnson. Louisville’s defense has been solid but the offense got off to a slow start.
Ricardo Louis Catches a Touchdown Pass
Louis ran a beautiful route that faked out the Louisville corner. Johnson connected with him for the long bomb and his first touchdown pass of 2015.
Jeremy Johnson Quickly Throws a Second Interception
As the beginning of the second quarter, Johnson dropped back for a deep throw. He overthrew his receiver and Louisville intercepted the ball. It was his second straight interception.
Johnson Throws An Early Interception
After a great first drive, Jeremy Johnson threw an interception with a little over a minute left in the first quarter. He underthrew his receiver and a Louisville defensive back cut inside the route for the interception.
Jeremy Johnson Rushes for a Touchdown Early in the First Quarter
After the interception, Auburn drove down for a scoring drive. Johnson was 2-for-2 on the first drive for 19 yards. On the goal line he faked the handoff and ran untouched into the endzone for a touchdown.
For the past two seasons Johnson has been the backup quarterback behind Nick Marshall. Marshall was dual-threat quarterback that allowed Auburn to take advantage of both his rushing and passing ability. However, Johnson did get to play in limited action.
Nick Marshall was suspended for the first half of last season’s opener against Arkansas. Jeremy started in his place and completed his first 8 passes. He finished the half 12-of-16 for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
Marshall started the second half and the rest of the season. The game had Auburn fans wondering if Johnson not Marshall was the quarterback of the future. This afternoon we begin to see if Jeremy Johnson is the next great Auburn quarterback.