Backup Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson played really well Saturday before giving way to Nick Marshall in the second half in Saturday’s win against Arkansas. Johnson threw for 243 yards in two quarters but when Marshall came in he only passed for 50.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talked about wanting to balance out the offense today in his press conference.
“Like I said all off-season, our goal is to be more balanced,” said Malzahn. “It just so happened that we were successful doing a few things, so, as a coach, you keep doing it if something is working like Jeremy throwing the ball. We have a lot of confidence in Nick throwing the ball and really feel like he will be very successful this year. And I’m going to say the same thing about Jeremy — he can run the zone read and he can do all the running stuff that we need him to do in our offense. Each situation dictates different things. They give you some things, they take away some things and the challenge of being really good on offense is being able to take what they give you and answer it and being able to execute that answer.”
Malzahn was singing a different tune when he spoke about the pressure Marshall put on the defense.
“When Nick is on the field, they are concerned with him on the edge and that opened up some alleys for our run game,” explained Malzahn. “He did a solid job, even in the passing game, I think we had a drop, but he did a good job when he did throw it. We have a lot of confidence in him.”
Auburn will host San Jose State at home on Saturday. This time Marshall, barring injury will play the entire game.