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Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) passes the ball against Georgia during the second quarter Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennettfirstname.lastname@example.org)
-- Call him the one-play star.
Auburn freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson will continue to play this season but in spot duty for the Tigers.
He's been very efficient in the limited time he has played this season. He's completed his last two passes, including a 14-yarder in the Tigers' 43-38 victory against Georgia on Saturday.
"It varies each week but I mean the way Nick (Marshall) had been playing and the way just the team s been playing, you hate to really disturb things," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. "If there s something that we feel like Jeremy gives us to win the game, he s going to do it."
Johnson replaced Marshall on the first play of the second quarter Saturday and hit Melvin Ray on a sharp pass in coverage to convert a second-and-8. He was removed from the game immediately following the completion.
, completing a 15-yard pass on his first play in the game.
"It s incredibly impressive," Lashlee said. "He did it against Arkansas and he did it the other night. To come in off the bench cold and complete, not easy throws, to be honest with you, I think that says a lot about his talent and his future potential."
Auburn coaches have hinted over the last few weeks that Johnson fully understands and can run the entire offense if and when he is needed. The Tigers usually put him in the game on tough passing plays.
Johnson started the Tigers' 62-3 victory against Western Carolina, when Marshall sat out with an injured knee. Johnson was 17-of-21 passing for 201 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Marshall later injured his shoulder against Florida Atlantic but returned healthy enough to lead Auburn to a 35-17 victory at Arkansas the next week.
"When Nick came back healthy, he s kind of been able to establish himself as the starter," Lashlee said. "There s certain things like the other day that are plays that we hadn t ran but that we ve repped for a long time that Jeremy had repped the most so we just keep them with Jeremy."
No. 6 Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC) is off this week but will return to the field next week for a huge Iron Bowl showdown with No. 1 Alabama (10-0, 7-0) on Nov. 30 inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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