Auburn is making another move at the most crucial position in football and starting their third quarterback on the season and going with freshman Jonathan Wallace against New Mexico State on Saturday.
To say that Auburn has struggled on offense would be like saying Hurricane Sandy was a little rain storm– Auburn has the 115th ranked passing offense, 101st ranked rushing attack, and rank 122nd in points per game.
Wallace replaces Clint Moseley who was injured in the 63-21 loss to Texas A&M that dropped the Tigers to 1-7 on the season. Moseley has previously replaced Kiehl Frazier in the starting lineup.
Frazier and Moseley combined for three touchdowns on 174 pass attempts with eight interceptions. After just nine attempts in relief last week following the injury to Moseley, Wallace completed six of nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns and added 71 yards on 13 rushes.
Granted the numbers were in garbage time as Auburn was getting massacred by Texas A&M, the production does offer a bit of hope for the downtrodden Tigers who are just two seasons removed from a national title.
The Phenix City, Alabama native figures to get the starts the duration of the season to see if they have a building block for the future as Gene Chizik looks to save his job as head coach of the team.
Depending on how Wallace does in the final four games could hinge on whether Chizik is brought back or not next season. Two of those games however are vs. Georgia and at Alabama, so Auburn is likely to finish the SEC season winless unless Wallace is the second coming of Cam Newton.
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