After a systematic dismantling at the hands of Leonard Fournette and LSU, the Auburn Tigers are asking all sorts of questions heading into another crucial SEC match against Mississippi State.
Auburn players and coaches alike admit that they just did not execute well Saturday. Auburn (2-1) fell 45-21 to LSU (2-0) Saturday in Baton Rouge. The loss all but exiled head coach Gus Malzahn’s team from the Top 25 polls. Another note: Auburn extended its winless streak in Death Valley going back all the way to 1999.
While Auburn’s defense could not seem to stop the human boulder and SEC co-offensive player of the week Fournette, their offense appeared anemic in throughout the game. Quarterback Jeremy Johnson completed just 11 of 19 passes for 100 yards. He ran a little over 40 yards as well.
Coach Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee are taking note, but the two are not sold on pulling the plug on Johnson just yet.
“I mean yeah, he’s our starter right now,” Lashlee said. “And I believe that come Saturday, the guys we put out there are going to play hard, they’re going to play fast, they’re going to represent Auburn the right way.”
Lashlee wasn’t clear on if he had considered pulling Johnson mid-game Saturday. But there’s no doubt Johnson leash continues to get shorter and shorter.
“You know we were playing so poorly we were focusing on trying to score points and we were able to do that a little bit in the second half,” Lashlee continued.
Johnson also added one interception against LSU to give him six total on the season.