What we learned: Week 9

October, 27, 2013
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AUBURN, Ala. -- There was no hangover from Auburn's win over Texas A&M last weekend. The Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Here's what we learned from the game:

Johnson better be ready: It might not be Saturday against Arkansas, but freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson needs to be prepared, because there is a strong possibility his number will be called in a meaningful situation down the stretch. Starter Nick Marshall left Saturday's game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, and it was up to Johnson to take the reigns. The game already was getting out of hand, but based on Marshall's track record and his desire to run the football, it wouldn't be shocking to see him go down again at some point this season. Also, depending on the severity of Marshall's injury, Johnson still very well could get the start when the team travels to Fayetteville next weekend.

Running wild: Auburn entered the week as the SEC's top rushing offense, and after 422 yards on the ground against Florida Atlantic, it's safe to say the Tigers still will be on top heading into next weekend. It was Auburn's third straight game with more than 300 yards rushing and the fourth of the season. Cameron Artis-Payne led the way with 93 yards on 13 carries, but 10 different players got a carry Saturday. Although nobody reached the century mark, the team averaged 7.2 yards per carry, and four players had runs of more than 30 yards. Artis-Payne, Marshall, Corey Grant and Tre Mason all scored touchdowns for the Tigers.

Secondary gets a boost: It has been just more than a week since Auburn lost starting safety Joshua Holsey for the season with a knee injury, but the Tigers welcomed back sophomore cornerback Jonathan Jones on Saturday against Florida Atlantic. Jones had played in only one game this season due to various injuries, but he looked healthy against the Owls. On his first series, Jones made a tackle for loss and broke up a pass on the very next play. He also energized the crowd with a huge hit on special teams later in the game. When healthy, Jones will serve as the third cornerback behind Chris Davis and Jonathon Mincy. His presence makes it easier for Auburn to keep Ryan White at safety for the foreseeable future.

Greg Ostendorf | email

Auburn/SEC reporter

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