What a difference a year makes for Auburn Tigers' quarterback Jeremy Johnson.
Before the start of the 2015 season, Johnson was a preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and was the star quarterback for the number six team in all of college football. But since then, Jeremy's career and reputation have gone into a complete free fall.
The Tigers started the season off with a close, sloppy win over Louisville in the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta, but barely survived in overtime the next week against FCS Jacksonville State. Auburn then traveled to LSU to take on the rival Tigers, and received and absolute beatdown. Johnson had the worst game of his career, and was benched the following week.
He would get a few more opportunities throughout the course of the year, but it was clear that he was never going to be the quarterback that any of us thought he would be. Once sitting at number six with a Heisman favorite quarterback, Auburn finished the season 6-6.
Now, rumors are swirling that Jeremy Johnson has decided to walk away from the Auburn football team. As of now, this is not something that has been confirmed by the team or Jeremy, but quite a few people are validating the rumor.
If Jeremy Johnson really is quitting the Auburn team, it caps off one of the great "what could have been" situations in recent football memory. As a backup and spot-starter in his freshman and sophomore year, Johnson dazzled with his ability to throw the ball with precision and run the ball when needed.
Johnson has all the raw talent to be an elite quarterback, but it became clear that he would not be able to handle the pressure as soon as the job was fully his. His fragile mental state and at times poor decision making kept Jeremy Johnson from being one of the best passers in college football, and now it appears that any hope of a turnaround is over.
By Jacob Young