Auburn Releases Depth Chart, Talks About Team

For Auburn junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson, his time has finally come.

"It passed quickly," Johnson said. "I’m happy, I feel really good about where I’m at, where this team is at, and like I said, I’m just ready to play Saturday and try to give everybody what they’ve been waiting for."

Johnson will start for the Tigers this Saturday for the first time since last season’s first game.  Unlike some schools, Johnson was named the starting quarterback months ago, and head coach Gus Malzahn says there’s no doubt he’s ready.

"We feel like he’s prepared," Malzahn said. "I know he’s to the point where he’s tired of everybody talking about him, predicting this. He’s just ready and wants to get out there and play and wants to prove himself."

Johnson won’t be the only new starter on this Auburn offense.  Roc Thomas will be the starting running back after backing up Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant last season.  While Thomas has proven himself to be the game one guy, Coach Malzahn says the others at the position will also see some playing time.

"Those other two guys will play," he said. "We’ve kind of talked about that for a couple weeks and they’ve all three earned the right to play but Roc will be the first one out there."

For some guys like DaVonte Lambert, stepping on the field this Saturday will be a confidence builder.  Lambert had his 2014 season cut short after suffering an ACL injury, but since taking snaps all summer, he says he’s ready to make an impact this year.

"I think this Saturday, I just have to understand that I’m comfortable," he said. "That I have confidence in myself and not think about the injury."

And then there’s the freshman factor, including Jalen Harris of Montgomery who’s impressed the coaches this summer with his physicality.  He’s one of eight freshman listed on the two-deep depth chart, all of them for a good reason.

Malzahn said, "When we recruited them, we told them we expect you to come here and play but they had to earn it and they did that."

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