With former starter Kiehl Frazier making the surprising move to safety, University of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn now says the quarterback competition for the Tigers is down to two players: Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson. Jonathan Wallace will likely be third-string, though he’s technically not out of the running yet.
Malzahn spoke on Monday about the situation:
Our plan this week, and we told them all, was these two new guys, we feel like have earned the right to compete for the job and they’re going to get the majority of reps with our ones this week. That’s not to say that Jonathan Wallace will not be our starter come Day 1, but we are going to give those two new guys a real chance to compete for the job and really show what they can do. (OANow.com)
Malzahn also discussed the strengths of Marshall and Johnson:
We’ve seen them both improve each practice. Both of them have extremely live arms. They both can run and both of them are athletic. It’s just a matter of how quick they can get acclimated. We’re still looking for a couple of different situations to see how they react and see how their teammates react.
After the abysmal 2012 season the Tigers had, a new face at quarterback is a welcomed change for Auburn fans. WAR new beginnings!