Thanks to injuries, Auburn will be going with its third different starting quarterback this season. Gene Chizik said Tuesday that freshman Jonathan Wallace will make his first start of the season.
Wallace came in for the injured Clint Moseley during Saturday’s blowout loss to Texas A&M and threw for 122 yards and a pair of scores. The game, however, was well in hand by that point and officially knocked Auburn out of a bowl game. Still, it’s enough to give him a chance to show what he can do against a team that, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, a team the Tigers should beat.
“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.”
Moseley has an ankle injury and season-opening starter Kiehl Frazier has been hampered with a shoulder problem. Chizik said it would be “a struggle” for Moseley to play this weekend. Frazier would be ready to go if needed.
Before Saturday’s game, Wallace had just attempted one pass on the season — an 11-yard completion against Vanderbilt — and was mostly used in running packages.