Auburn Football: Outback Bowl Practices Will Offer Sneak Peek of 2015 Stars

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Aug 30, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee (left) high-fives quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) after a touchdown as head coach Gus Malzahn celebrates in the background against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Johnson is the unquestioned top candidate to replace Marshall as the quarterback in 2015 (and Auburn football fans are very excited to see what he can do as the starter).

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  • We saw some of what Johnson has to offer this season, most impressively when he threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns on 12-for-16 passing in a season opening start against Arkansas, and he may make an appearance against Wisconsin in the game itself. So far this season, the sophomore has completed 28 of 37 pass attempts (75.7%) for 436 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.

    Johnson is a prototypical quarterback, listed at 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds, and the Tigers should be in good hands with him directing the offense. He’s got a rocket for a right arm, and despite being more of a pocket passer than Nick Marshall (and has not run the ball once in 2014), he’s also athletic enough to give Malzahn the zone read option element he prefers.

    In addition to Johnson, Jonathan Wallace has completed one pass for 17 yards this season. The junior started towards the tail end of the 2012 season, but has been moved to wide receiver and also plays special teams. During fall camp, Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said true freshman Sean White had moved ahead of Wallace on the depth chart. Tyler Queen, a four-star QB, is one of the early enrolees that may or may not be able to participate in bowl practices.

    But, Johnson is likely to have a new collection of skill position players around him.

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