Bruce Feldman, a writer with FoxSports.com who is the author of “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” firmly believes Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson will be one of the top QBs in not only the SEC, but also the country, this year.
You don’t have to be an expert to see Johnson’s intangibles.
He’s 6-5 and 230 pounds.
He has a tremendous arm and starting experience.
Some — including Auburn fans — thought he was better than Nick Marshall, who started the past two years.
“He has a very live arm,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told Feldman. “He can throw it vertically very well, can also make all the intermediate throws well and also gets the ball out of his hands quick with the quick game and the bubble screens and those things, which is rare. He can do all three. He’s a big guy. He can throw in traffic, in tight pockets. He can see over people. He’s got a big NFL arm.”
Johnson should have plenty of help from what should be another potent running attack that will feature Jovon Robinson, who played at Georgia Military College the past two years, and returner Roc Thomas.
He also has Duke Williams at receiver.
“For two years with Nick (Marshall), we were heavy zone-read, more than we’ve ever been,” Lashlee said. “But look at Coach Malzahn and my track record over the last 20 years and those are the only guys who were ‘dual-threat’ guys. We’ve done really well with guys who’ve thrown the ball. We’ve been very balanced. People wonder how we’re gonna do? We’re gonna do fine. Our system isn’t going to change. We’re always going to adapt to the strength of our players.”