Johnson Played Last Home Game for his Teammates
Jeremy Johnson (6) celebrates with teammates following a first quarter touchdown (Photo: Matt Gaught)
Quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s career at Auburn has been anything but expected. He enrolled with hopes of being one of the nation’s best by the time he earned his degree.
He got his first start in 2013 against Western Carolina, and he ended the day with 201 yards and four touchdown passes. Johnson also stepped up in 2014’s season opener against Arkansas. Filling in for a suspended Nick Marshall, Johnson threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
With numbers like that, it was almost certain that he was the quarterback of the future. However, things changed.
Following a 2015 season that saw the Montgomery product struggle in multiple games, and a 2016 season where he would see most of his time on the sidelines, Johnson finally got another chance to shine, and he did during Auburn’s 55-0 win over Alabama A&M.
Johnson finished with 147 yards passing, with a touchdown, and would rush for two more. After the game, the senior said that he was just honored to get another opportunity to play with his teammates. “I feel blessed to be out here.”
With everything that he has been through, he said that getting the start during his last game at Jordan-Hare Stadium was emotional, and credits his performance to the people who have been by his side through it all, his teammates. He feels that the feeling is reciprocated.
“I will do anything for them, and they will do anything for me. They have never turned their back on me. I love those guys.”
With Sean White’s status still up in the air, Johnson was asked if he felt comfortable getting the start next week against Alabama.
“If called upon, I will be ready.” Johnson said.
Johnson scored his eighth and ninth touchdowns of his career Saturday night, and it the first that that he has found the end zone since last season’s Birmingham Bowl.