Football notebook: In praise of Auburn QBs

Aug 13, 2013

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Freshman Marcus Davis makes a move in Tuesday's scrimmage (Todd Van Emst photo)

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By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson will take most of the significant snaps at quarterback this week, but that doesn't mean sophomore Jonathan Wallace is out of the picture, said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Lashlee said Tuesday that Wallace is OK with the coaches' decision to spend the week taking a long look at the newcomers. 

"He's a winner. He understands it," Lashlee said. "He's been encouraging. He's been the perfect team player." 

Wallace survived Monday's quarterback shake-up that saw Kiehl Frazier move to safety.

"I don't know if I'm been more proud of a young person that I've coach than I am of Kiehl right now," Lashlee said. 

"At the end the day, he came to us and said, 'Hey, I just want to help this team win.'  He said it was more important to him that Auburn get back to where he wants Auburn to be when he came here. I think that was a pretty selfless act." 

Frazier was thrown in the secondary immediately. 

"He had a lot of Division I offers coming out of high school at that position," Lashlee said. "He’s a phenomenal athlete. I think being a quarterback will help him pick things up pretty quick." 

New guys getting noticed 

Freshman receiver Tony Stevens has been slowed this fall, but remains an option. 

"Tony is a guy we have to get more out of and see more," Lashlee said. "He has had something that has been holding him back a little bit. The jury is still out on him. We do feel good about him moving forward. We feel like he's exactly what he was when we recruited him." 

Freshman Marcus Davis is off to a fast start, too. 

"I think Marcus Davis has really stood out at wideout in a slot role," Lashlee said. "You can tell that playing quarterback in high school helped him. The game doesn’t move too fast. He’s got the great attitude. He’s what we wanted, what we thought. He’ll be pushing to get in the mix."

Pro scouts checking it out 

NFL scouts have attended practices the last two weeks, including Tuesday's scrimmage.

 Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: