AUBURN | Jeremy Johnson spent some time Saturday watching himself warm up on the video screen inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee couldn't help but laugh.
"I said: 'Hey, man, the only thing between this and the Cramton Bowl is the JumboTron,'" Lashlee said. "He laughed and played pretty good."
Saturday provided Johnson, who played his home high school games at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, plenty of chances to laugh and smile. The freshman shredded an overmatched team from Western Carolina, finishing his day 17-of-21 for 201 yards and four touchdowns.
He wasn't intercepted.
Lashlee on Sunday said he was impressed with how Johnson handled his first exposure to college football. Teammates reported that Johnson never showed any hint of anxiety and things were no different from Lashlee's point of view.
"I'm sure he had the normal butterflies anybody had for their first start," Lashlee said. "He was calm and I thought the guys rallied around him and really helped him, showed a lot of confidence in him. I think after he completed that first ball I felt like he played well. I felt like he played very calm."
So what happens now?
Junior Nick Marshall, who started the Tigers' first five games before suffering a knee injury against Ole Miss, remains the Tigers' top option. Coach Gus Malzahn was clear about that point after the game and Lashlee affirmed that position Sunday.
He said Marshall was "80 percent" healthy for the WCU game and is expected to participate fully during Auburn's practice Tuesday afternoon. Marshall went through practice Sunday as well, though the Tigers generally ease back the day after a game.
This Sunday was no different.
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