WFE12 8,279 Posted July 24, 2015 Share Posted July 24, 2015 Interesting article I read....just wanted to get yall's thoughts on it, I included some of the parts that stood out but yall can check out the rest since it's a lengthy article - http://www.collegeandmagnolia.com/2015/7/22/9013981/auburn-doesnt-need-jeremy-johnson-to-be-a-heisman-caliber-quarterback Walt Austin - SB Nation Jeremy Johnson is receiving a lot of hype, but hype is just a word to describe praise before the facts. I've chosen to use Heisman Trophy candidate as a point of argument because it's something we can point to that has numbers to compare from the last few seasons. Jeremy Johnson does not have to be a Heisman Trophy Candidate for Auburn to succeed. He obviously has to be good, but he doesn't have to be great. He doesn't have to be a Heisman-level quarterback for 2015 to be successful for Auburn. Nick Marshall was never a serious candidate for the Heisman Trophy over the past two seasons, and he led Auburn's offense to spectacular levels. Sure, Cam won the Heisman in 2010 on the way to the national championship, but go back to 2004 and Jason Campbell was the perfect "game manager" quarterback that never really "wowed" anyone, but played well enough to guide the Tigers to a perfect season. During that 2004 season, Campbell had a completion percentage of 69.6% and 2700 yards passing. Jeremy Johnson has hovered above the 70% completion rating in his limited snaps, and we know from practice reports, those few games, and A-Day that he can throw the football accurately. If JJ approaches that level of success just in throwing the football, then Auburn will be just fine. Truthfully, I believe if JJ throws for his target of 3000 yards, about 500 more than Nick Marshall reached in 2014, then Auburn will be successful offensively. To put that into some perspective, remember that even in 2010, Cam Newton barely surpassed Campbell's passing numbers. He threw for 2854, which was 36th best in the nation. 3000 yards last season would have been 40th among all FBS quarterbacks. Hardly spectacular numbers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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