Texas A&M Aggies: Rhett Lashlee



AUBURN, Ala. -- Freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson threw four touchdown passes on Saturday, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors, but Auburn will turn the team back over to Nick Marshall this weekend when it visits Texas A&M, coach Gus Malzahn said.

Marshall started the first five games for the Tigers but missed the Western Carolina game due to a minor knee injury he suffered the week before.

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AP Photo/Gerald HerbertQuarterback Nick Marshall will return to the starting lineup for the Tigers at Texas A&M.
“I want to make it clear -- Nick Marshall is our starting quarterback,” Malzahn said after the game. “When Nick is 100 percent, he will be back.”

It sounds like Marshall is back to 100 percent. When asked if he would be the guy this week, Malzahn responded with a simple, “Yes.” The dual-threat quarterback practiced Sunday with the team, and the staff has full confidence in him.

“He was locked in during practice last week,” Malzahn said. “He practice Sunday and looked good. He’s got another week of practice, and we’re past the midway point. If it was early in the season, I’d be concerned, but I’m not too concerned now.”

Through five games, Marshall had thrown for 902 yards and four touchdowns. Before he got hurt, he rushed for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns against Ole Miss, showing his improvement in the ability to run the read-option.

The injury doesn’t change anything, however. The game plan remains the same for Texas A&M.

“The good thing was (Sunday), he got to go out there and take every rep, take every drop, make every throw,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “If we ran a read zone or anything like that, he was able to do all those things. I would expect him to be able to get all the reps he needs this week with the specific gameplan.”

With Marshall back, where does that leave Johnson? The talented signal-caller played well Saturday, but he has lost his redshirt and h has been relegated to the sideline again. In turn, there have been plenty of questions surrounding the coaches’ decision to play Johnson.

“We just felt like it was best for our team this year, it was best best for our team in the long run, and really, it was best for Jeremy at this point, to get some game experience to be able to help us,” Lashlee said. “Not only the rest of this year, but in the future.”

Also, if Marshall were to go down this weekend at Texas A&M, the staff didn’t want Johnson’s first meaningful reps to be on the road, in a hostile environment like Kyle Field.

And just because Marshall is the quarterback, that doesn’t mean that Johnson won’t be used in some capactity going forward.

“I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him having some roles moving forward,” Lashlee said. “It wasn’t just for one game. He’s got to be ready as the backup, and he’s also got to be ready, maybe, in other unique roles and situations.”

“We don’t want to give all of our secrets away, but he will be used from game to game,” Malzahn added. “We’ll try to have him in different packags or any way to help us be successful.”

It will be Marshall’s team on Saturday, though. He struggled in his first road game at LSU, but he’s looking for redemption against the Aggies.

SEC lunchtime links

August, 6, 2013
8/06/13
12:00
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Now that he has fully recovered from a knee injury that wiped out most of last season, Alabama running back Jalston Fowler is ready to pick up where he left off last season.

Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster talks about spending some time in the offseason with former NFL kicker Morten Andersen, the league's all-time leading scorer.

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says the next four to five days are critical in the Tigers' quarterback battle.

Mammoth Mississippi State defensive tackle Nick James is learning how important technique is to having success in the SEC.

In the wake of Johnny Manziel's latest controversy, Ole Miss players and coach Hugh Freeze have mixed views on whether players should receive stipends.

Robert Nkemdiche is already practicing with the Rebels' first-team defense.

Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson has little patience for players who aren't getting the job done correctly.

LSU players voted to allow running back Jeremy Hill to re-join the team shortly after a judge decided not to send Hill to jail for violating his probation.

Texas A&M's hiring of the law firm that helped defend Auburn and Cam Newton in 2010 speaks volumes about the Aggies' game plan in dealing with the Manziel autograph situation.

Here's an Aggies season preview from GigEmNation.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones is making sure his players don't get bored or comfortable at practice.

Members of the Vols' secondary are tired of the critics and are ready to prove them wrong.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said the Gators' tight ends, who struggled in the spring, are making progress.

The Gators are also trying to develop depth at safety, which is why Muschamp isn't taking the easy way out and sticking Cody Riggs and Jaylen Watkins into the starting lineup.

South Carolina's former defensive coordinator first saw the potential in linebacker Cedrick Cooper. The Gamecocks' current defensive coordinator is just as enamored with him.

Arkansas began camp on Monday. The Razorbacks will have a new quarterback, and Brandon Allen says he's ready to take over for Tyler Wilson.

SEC lunchtime links

August, 6, 2013
8/06/13
10:45
AM ET
Now that he has fully recovered from a knee injury that wiped out most of last season, Alabama running back Jalston Fowler is ready to pick up where he left off last season.

Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster talks about spending some time in the offseason with former NFL kicker Morten Andersen, the league's all-time leading scorer.

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says the next four to five days are critical in the Tigers' quarterback battle.

Mammoth Mississippi State defensive tackle Nick James is learning how important technique is to having success in the SEC.

In the wake of Johnny Manziel's latest controversy, Ole Miss players and coach Hugh Freeze have mixed views on whether players should receive stipends.

Robert Nkemdiche is already practicing with the Rebels' first-team defense.

Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson has little patience for players who aren't getting the job done correctly.

LSU players voted to allow running back Jeremy Hill to re-join the team shortly after a judge decided not to send Hill to jail for violating his probation.

Texas A&M's hiring of the law firm that helped defend Auburn and Cam Newton in 2010 speaks volumes about the Aggies' game plan in dealing with the Manziel autograph situation.

Here's an Aggies season preview from GigEmNation.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones is making sure his players don't get bored or comfortable at practice.

Members of the Vols' secondary are tired of the critics and are ready to prove them wrong.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said the Gators' tight ends, who struggled in the spring, are making progress.

The Gators are also trying to develop depth at safety, which is why Muschamp isn't taking the easy way out and sticking Cody Riggs and Jaylen Watkins into the starting lineup.

South Carolina's former defensive coordinator first saw the potential in linebacker Cedrick Cooper. The Gamecocks' current defensive coordinator is just as enamored with him.

Arkansas began camp on Monday. The Razorbacks will have a new quarterback, and Brandon Allen says he's ready to take over for Tyler Wilson.

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