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Gus Malzahn doesn’t know his QB for the Kentucky game

On today’s SEC coaches teleconference, Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn said his starting quarterback spot for next week’s Kentucky game is wide open.

Jeremy Johnson, who started the first three games, and Sean White, who started the last two, will have equal opportunities to earn the job during the team’s bye week. Some reports out of Auburn suggest Johnson has performed in practice and will return against UK, but White played well in his two chances after taking over for Johnson. We could see either QB when the Tigers’ offense takes the field for the first time in Commonwealth.

Also from today’s SEC coaches teleconference, Mark Stoops said, “You have to prepare for both, not a whole heck of that offense changes, they’ve been doing a great job offensively there for a long, long time. They’re very creative in what they do, put a lot of pressure on you. It starts with them being physical in running the football and certainly there’s some different options in the quarterback run game with Jeremy as opposed to Sean, both very good players, so game plan wise, quite honestly, doesn’t change a whole heck of a lot. You have to prepare for everything when you’re getting ready to play these guys.”

Regardless of who takes the snaps, the key to beating Auburn will be containing the run. Malzahn relies on the ground game and his plan is similar to what Eastern Kentucky used to build a two-touchdown lead on the Cats last week. Stopping that will be key, not preventing an air threat.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Gus Malzahn doesn’t know his QB for the Kentucky game

  1. Aj007
    3:37 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Odds that JJ starts and turns into the heisman contender everyone expected???

  2. slime
    3:43 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Auburn by 17

    • Remember??
      5:20 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah. You said Missouri by 21 and USC by 17 too….

  3. john wall
    3:46 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Odds that Auburn watched the EKU game film and realized they have to start JJ so he can run it???

    Either Aj007 theory happens, or we beat them by 10. Cant wait, Go Cats!

  4. papasnapper
    3:57 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Sure hope that there was no mention by Coach Stoops that we are planning to get our backups some reps during the game.

  5. Kevin C.
    4:19 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Does anyone (with a brain) really think he’d make it easy for UK’s scouting , by revealing who will play QB? SMH…

  6. Yes, stopping the run is the key with Auburn, but don’t be fooled, JJ was mainly a passing QB in high school (I live in Montgomery where he played). He may be able to move, but he’s not Cam Newton.

    That being said, I believe one of the KSR writers said the same thing about UF’s QB (mainly a passer) before we played them, so you never know.

  7. ChicagoCat
    4:26 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Considering the way JJ has been passing the ball, part of you feels good with him being out there. But then you think about how we’ve played against running QBs and you do a double take. Tough call on who I think gives us the better opportunity to win.

  8. BobKYCats
    4:27 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    If JJ is still throwing to the other team, I’ll take my chances.

  9. KevinM
    4:52 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Malzahn is lying; he’d like to have the athlete in there, and would rather not run the ball.

    He won’t hesitate to throw the Johnson kid in there, but he’s not changing their mojo yet.

  10. TMA
    5:26 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Neither QB runs it that well honestly.
    I hope they start JJ so we can get some more picks.

  11. Andy
    9:51 pm October 7, 2015 Permalink

    Stack the box and let them throw it. Our corners can play man to man. Auburn is not that great a passing team.

  12. Jason M.
    6:42 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    These guys are going to run all over us. Its a great thing we got a win vs EKU or we’d be 3-3 after the Auburn game. Not that auburn is more talented overall thank UK is, but they’re strengths are our weaknesses… we can’t stop the run, so we can’t stop auburn.

    • Ha!
      11:31 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      2-3, fucc boi. Auburn beat Louisville, who got beat by lol Houston, and Auburn then needed OT to beat J’ville State.

      I like our chances vs Auburn. 😉


  13. Tampa satchel
    5:29 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I am more confident this game than I was with Missouri. Missouri has a D.