October 12, 2013

The next generation

AUBURN | Jeremy Johnson didn't disappoint during the first start of his college career Saturday, completing 17 of his 21 passes for 201 yards.

Four of those completions were for touchdowns.

From a statistical standpoint, the freshman's first true exposure to college ball was one to remember. He was under control most of the time, a mind-numbingly poor decision that ended with an interception was the lone blip during an otherwise solid afternoon, and looked every bit like the franchise player many observers believe he'll become one day.

This wasn't the day.

He isn't a star. Don't think of him as a star.

Western Carolina is as weak as any opponent every to have walked into Jordan-Hare Stadium. Pass rush was minimal. Rushing lanes were open most of the day. Even the straightforward passing plays, like the 8-yard dig route to Tony Stevens that went for a touchdown, yielded wildly beneficial dividends.

Auburn finished with 712 yards. That's all you need to know about the level of competition.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!