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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jonathan Wallace: Forgotten Man

photo courtesy of Inside The Auburn Tigers

 It's easy to pick on someone, especially in this age of internet sports writing. It becomes even easier when the person being picked on, in this case Mark Schlabach of ESPN, paints a target on their forehead. Sorry Mark, you asked for it and I honestly have nothing else to write about this evening. So, thanks for the inspiration.

 In case you missed it, Schlabach's article from earlier today gave some bold predictions heading into the 2013 college football season. Many of his predictions we can talk about all year, but until the season actually starts, were just wasting air. My contention comes when he discusses the Auburn football program. He writes...

"The Tigers can't get any worse after finishing 3-9, 0-8 in the SEC this past season. Things were so bad that coach Gene Chizik was fired only two years after guiding the Tigers to a BCS National Championship.
Auburn hired former Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn to fix things; he directed Auburn's offense during its national championship season in 2010. Malzahn has already found his quarterback of the future: former Georgia defensive back Nick Marshall, who threw for 2,837 yards with 18 touchdowns, while running for 949 yards with 18 scores at Garden City (Kan.) Community College this past season.
Marshall, who was dismissed from Georgia two years ago, will beat out Kiehl Frazier for Auburn's starting job in preseason camp and will become one of the country's most exciting dual-threat quarterbacks in Malzahn's spread offense."

 Seems every sportswriter in the country has forgot, or just doesn't care, that Jonathan Wallace ended the season as the starting quarterback for Auburn University. Besting the numbers of both Clint Moseley, and Kiehl Frazier all while facing the most difficult challengers on the schedule.

 Wallace had the better passing stats with a 158.7% passing efficiency rating. With 66 completions on 41 attempts with 4 TD's vs. 2 INT's and an average of 9.8 yards per pass. 

 Look for Wallace to assert himself as the candidate to beat for the QB job at AU this year. If were Jonathan Wallace, this would give me all the incentive I need to make sure after 2013, everyone will know the name of the starter at the quarterback position at Auburn.


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