Quarterback Jonathan Wallace gets his chance to shine
by John Burns / SPORTS WRITER
Nov 09, 2012 | 1426 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace will make the second start of his career Saturday, Nov. 10 against UGA. (Rebecca Croomes / PHOTO EDITOR)
Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace will make the second start of his career Saturday, Nov. 10 against UGA. (Rebecca Croomes / PHOTO EDITOR)
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Quarterback Jonathan Wallace will receive the second start of his career this weekend against Georgia.

The freshman’s height is listed at 6 feet 2 inches, and he weighs 197 pounds.

Wallace got his first start in Auburn’s 42–7 victory against New Mexico State last Saturday.

He ran the offense effectively and finished with 164 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception.

“I did some things good, I did some things bad,” Wallace said. “There’s a lot of work to do still, but we can’t get complacent.”

The offense Wallace led was anything but complacent in the second half, as the Tigers scored 14 points in both the third and fourth quarter.

Wallace is a traditional dual-threat quarterback and was working out of the wildcat style offense during the first eight games.

In his senior year at Central High School in Phenix City, Wallace threw for 1,761 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions.

His legs carried him for 891 yards and 28 touchdowns.

As the Auburn starting quarterback, he has been in a more traditional drop-back role and only ran for nine yards, but it is clear he is comfortable running or passing.

In his senior year, Wallace was the 25th ranked quarterback in the nation and was the 28th ranked player in the state of Alabama, according to Rivals.com.

Wallace was not expected to get much playing time in a non-wildcat formation, but extreme circumstances, such as the Tigers losing seven of their first eight games, forced head coach Gene Chizik to give the freshman a chance.

After the Tigers’ win against New Mexico State, Chizik said Wallace had an efficient first start.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way he managed the team, directed the team, made plays at critical times in the game when we needed them,” he said.

“And for a young guy to come in there in his first start, I’m sure he’ll be very critical and hard on himself, which is the way he is, but just looking at it from the naked eye — what I know — I’m very proud of the way he performed.”
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