AUBURN - Freshman Jonathan Wallace will provided a ray of light on a dreary Auburn night last Saturday, and it might have earned him a starting role in next Saturday's homecoming game against New Mexico State.
Jonathan Wallace passes for 122 yards against Texas A&M/Robin Conn photo
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Sunday that coaches will give Wallace a hard look.
"By Tuesday, we need to see where the quarterbacks healthwise are," Chizik said. "I think everybody knows Jonathan came in and did a very nice job. That was very good to see. It was good to see him get into a game and really execute at a pretty high level. Obviously, he will be in strong consideration for playing time on a fulltime basis."
After playing only wildcat quarterback through the first seven games, Wallace finally got his chance to take over the offense in the second half of a 63-21 meltdown against Texas A&M. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 13 times for 71 yards
Junior Clint Moseley started but left the game with an ankle injury after throwing one pass. Sophomore Kiehl Frazier, the starter for the first five games, completed 6-of-1 passes for 89 yards and was sacked four times.
Wallace was a last-minute signee from Central High School in Phenix City, but he earned admiration and respect of his teammates and coaches almost immediately. Though the game was long since out of hand, the offense picked up steam against Texas A&M when he got his first opportunity to take the reins.
"He's one of those guys that just works and works and works," Chizik said. "When you get a young guy in a game, you don't know how it's going to unfold. It was very nice to see him under some duress be able to have some success."
Wallace directed touchdown drives of 74 and 75 yards and another drive of 30 yards that ended with Cody Parkey missing a 48-yard field goal.
"I was very proud of him," Chizik said. "If you go back and look at it, No. 1 he was very patient when he threw the football. He stood in the pocket and threw it without worrying about where the rush was. There were times he got out of the pocket and made a play with his legs.
"I thought he made very good decisions. The most impressive part to me was he stood back in the pocket and made some accurate throws with some pressure around him."
The Tigers did not practice Sunday, focusing on film work.
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