The Auburn Tigers are set to march their third different starting quarterback onto the field this Saturday against against New Mexico State. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik announced that freshman signal-caller Jonathan Wallace will get the call and line up under center for the Tigers.
Wallace replaces Clint Moseley who suffered an ankle injury last weekend. Moseley replaced Kiehl Frazier who began the season as the team’s starting quarterback. Frazier has been plagued with a shoulder injury.
In relief duty last weekend, Wallace came in for the Tigers and threw for 122 yards and two touchdowns. That was enough to get him the starting gig.
“We thought after going back and looking at the film, that he really played well. We’re going to forge ahead with that,” Chizik said. “His play was very positive Saturday night. He made some things happen. He really handled what we gave him well.”
Chizik said that Wallace injected an extra bit of life to the team. Chizik said Wallace “sparked some energy and some passion in our bench on both sides of the ball.
Wallace has previously been used as Auburn’s “Wildcat” quarterback before last weekend when he saw extended second half action. The reps from last week’s game should provide an added experience for Wallace as he prepares to start on Saturday.
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis will be the team’s emergency quarterback.