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Auburn will start its third different QB this season

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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.

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12 Responses to “Auburn will start its third different QB this season”
  1. mydixienormus says: Oct 30, 2012 1:45 PM

    Serious question: Could Chizik do anything to save his job from this point forward? Besides beating Alabama by 30, which won’t happen.

  2. jrillah10 says: Oct 30, 2012 2:59 PM

    “War Eagle”

  3. dcroz says: Oct 30, 2012 4:42 PM


    Even beating ‘Bama will not save Chizik. He has completely lost control of his coaches and their infighting, and his team has quit on him. Even worse, the NCAA is back sniffing around the program concerning the recruitment of several players. Danny Sheridan spoke on the record last night that two Auburn coaches have been pulled from the recruiting trail as a result, and when Chizik was asked about it today, he dodged the question rather than denying it. On top of all that, the Auburn athletic department is in a terrible state, with few programs being competitive; even the vaunted swimming and diving program which has won 10 national championships between the men and women and has produced numerous Olympic medalists is now merely a top-ten team and falling. A house cleaning on the Plains is eminent, and not even an epic upset in the Iron Bowl will stop it.

  4. florida727 says: Oct 30, 2012 4:53 PM

    “dcroz” certainly has a better, more in-depth knowledge of Auburn’s situation than I ever will, but from a distance I can’t see Chizik being around more than roughly 25 minutes after their last game of the season. I remember seeing another post once saying that with Cam Newton his record was 13-0 or something like that, and WITHOUT Newton, he was well below .500. Hard to believe that one player could make that big a difference, but it speaks well of Newton’s skills. Of course he also had Farley and “x” number of others that performed well (one guy doesn’t win a national title), but I thought the quote interesting in singling out Chizik’s record with v. without Newton.

    They’ll bounce back. If you’re an Auburn fan, doesn’t worry. Sports are cyclical. You guys will challenge for national championships again… and probably sooner rather than later. Best of luck.

  5. lbroberts123 says: Oct 30, 2012 6:55 PM

    @dcroz oh, the same Danny Sheridan that said he had personally witnessed the money exchange between boosters and the Newtons and could give the names of all people involved, then when asked to provide those names he all of a sudden couldn’t? Yeah sounds like a real good source. I’m sure he provided the source for this new info, right?? Nah didn’t think so.

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    Third starting QB? Is it wisdom, I cannot say. LOL

  7. kozbee says: Oct 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    Jonathan Wallace is imo a better QB then Frazier and Moseley combined.When Auburn did win the NC it was the whole Auburn team that produced that day.Oregon was focused on Cam and stopped him from running the ball while Dyer was the one that won that game for the Tigers.Auburn lost Dyer to certain issues plus players going to the draft and those that finished school.What has hurt Auburn most is the recruiting but this recruiting year will move the Tigers up as long as the recruiting goes well.Sheridan seen nothing but wanted his name in highlites and proved it each time he couldnt show any sourse of a trail of money.Ihope the Tigers well in 2013 and they will put up better numbers with the recruits they have and will finish with on signing day.Goodluck Auburn fans,team and coaches in 2013.

  8. ebrownwareagle says: Oct 30, 2012 9:27 PM

    We Need to Start A NEW DAMN COACH!!

  9. dcroz says: Oct 30, 2012 10:16 PM


    Sheridan never said he personally witnessed any exchange; he said that he knew who the now-infamous “bagman” was. He said he would reveal the name thinking that the bribery trial involving Milton McGregor would end in his conviction, but when it did not, then he said he would not be able to name the person, and as it was, the bagman would not come forward on his own accord. Take it for what it’s worth.

    As it is, the rumor about two coaches being suspended from recruiting has been going around for several weeks now, and if there was no truth to it, then why would Chizik avoid the question with a “I’ve got my team to focus on and can’t be bothered with it” instead of calling BS?

  10. hor2012 says: Oct 31, 2012 10:48 AM

    I’m a LSU fan but even more than that I’m a SEC fan. So, Aburn fans I’m not trying to be funny. But, Iowa State is winning and I think that’s the DC you had on your staff. I’m wondering why he could win at Iowa State but your current coach couldn’t. It seems to me I fell into a National Championship. I’d cut bait now and try to hire Jon Gruden

  11. kozbee says: Oct 31, 2012 2:58 PM

    As i did post in another article that Gene Chiz needs to be replaced and hope it comes before the Iron bowl game.Not saying its going to do any good just that Chizik doesnt deserve to coach the final game of the season vs Alabama.Gruden would be a good coach and Bobby Petrino even if he wants to bring along his Harley,Opps he sold that..I think BP has cleaned up his life style and would make a great coach at Auburn..

  12. ajonesmc931 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:59 PM

    Petrino? Kirby smart? Gruden?Hell bring back malzahn. SOS!!

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