*Courtesy Auburn Media Relations*
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. – Nick Marshall didn't play in Auburn's win over Western Carolina over the weekend, but the quarterback is back and ready to go, says offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
"He practiced tonight full speed and he looked good. I wouldn't have known there was anything wrong with him," Lashlee said after Sunday's practice. "Of course, we were just in helmets, but I think he'll be ready to rock and roll Tuesday" at practice.
"We look forward to having him back. It should be good" as Auburn moves to Saturday's game at Texas A&M.
Marshall, who suffered a knee injury in a win over Ole Miss, was held out of the Western Carolina game, giving way to freshman Jeremy Johnson and his college debut. But Lashlee says Marshall "is our starter. Our team has confidence and believes in him."
Lashlee said Marshall "was available in an emergency role" against Western Carolina. But Auburn took the redshirt off Johnson and used him and Jonathan Wallace in the game. ohnson hit 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the 2 1/2 quarters he played.
"Big picture," Lashlee said, "he made good decisions."
"I thought he did well. He didn't seem to be anxious or nervous before the game. He was calm."
Lashlee says Johnson "will have a role going forward. This wasn't just one game."
Marshall led Auburn to a quick 4-1 start, hitting 71-of-120 passes for 902 yards and four touchdowns. He's also fourth on the team in rushing with 288 yards.
Lashlee said he wouldn't speculate on Johnson's specific role.
"It will probably be game-plan specific each week. At the same time, I do have full confidence that Nick and/or Jeremy can both run our complete offense," Lashlee said.
"I feel like Nick is, obviously, a very strong runner. He has a strong arm. He’s getting more and more accurate each week. And Jeremy can run, too. That was just his first game.
"I don’t feel like we would have to change our offense either way with either guy in there. As far as specific role, I don’t know.
"Nick is our starter, but I wouldn’t rule out Jeremy contributing each week."
Lashlee also said receiver C.J. Uzomah will be back for Texas A&M after being sidelined by an injury that cost him the Western Carolina game.