Jeremy Johnson said struggling at Auburn often gave him the blues.
The former quarterback of the Tigers had ups and downs in his time on the Plains, and talked about it on Thursday at his alma mater at Carver High School in Montgomery.
Johnson talked to Maria Martin of WSFA, a television station in Montgomery, about his time at Auburn.
“There were days I was just in my room just thinking to myself like what am I gonna do now?” Johnson said. “I used to get miserable. I actually used to want to leave. I used to call and talk to my teachers and I used to tell them I want to go. I was too busy trying to be somebody else everybody else wanted me to be instead of being myself and I wish I could redo that over and also really just play football.”
After a promising spring campaign in 2015, Johnson was thought of as one of the premier quarterbacks in the country, and was named second-team All-SEC in the preseason. But he struggled mightily at the start of 2015, resulting in an early-season benching after a loss at LSU.
Johnson was following Nick Marshall at quarterback after Marshall led Auburn to the BCS National Championship Game. After three games, Sean White was named starter for the Tigers.
Johnson would return to start the final two games of the regular season of his senior year, including the Iron Bowl against Alabama, a 30-12 loss in Tuscaloosa. He also started the 55-0 win against Alabama A&M this year, hitting on 14 of his 19 passing attempts for 147 yards and a touchdown.
He participated in his pro day last month at Auburn and is listed at 6 foot 5 and 234 pounds. The former Alabama Mr. Football connected on 179-of-282 passes (63.5 percent) for 2,223 yards, 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career.
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