The Case For Jonathan Wallace

By Posted on: October 30th, 2012 in Football 20 Comments »

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The popular ESPN College Game Day segment has inspired this old man to make a case for Jonathan Wallace to be the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers throughout the rest of the season. I am not a lawyer, and have only served on one jury, so my actual legal experience is basically squadoosh!

Evidence exhibit A

Wallace is the only Auburn quarterback not nursing any injuries. If the coaches are to be believed, Frazier has a bum shoulder, and Moseley has a tired shoulder. When Moseley was brought into his very first action of the season, he limped in from the sideline. He had yet to play a down in 2012, and he limped into the game!

Evidence exhibit B

Jonathan has taken snaps at “key times”, a Gene Chizik trademarked phrase, in games on the road, and at home.

Evidence exhibit C 

 The only two drives that resulted in a touchdown in the same quarter of play for Auburn this entire season came with Jonathan Wallace at quarterback.

Evidence exhibit D

Have you listened to this young man in an interview? He has maturity well beyond his Freshman status.

Listen as Wallace runs through the questions. 

  Summary

It’s no secret, every year somewhere there is a quarterback that the fans want to see play. Somehow when things aren’t going really well, the answer always seems to be “play the backup QB” from the fans. The fans think that the backup will somehow be able to perform better than the guy that won the starting job.

In this case, the fans are correct, and the coaching staff needs to listen to them. One reason to listen is this seems to be the only topic with the fans that doesn’t involve someone packing suitcases. The other reason, is that it took most of these same coaches 5 games into the 2010 season to realize what a special talent Auburn had with Cam Newton. Chizik openly admits that he had to be persuaded by the offensive coaches to even grant Newton a scholarship.

Finally, Jonathan Wallace performed head and shoulders above what either of the two QB’s have. Sure, it was mostly against the backups of the Texas A&M  defense, and The Aggie defensive coordinator may have “called off the dogs”, but nonetheless, Wallace did something with this offense, that the other two could not. He put together two scoring drives that resulted in touchdowns,and had ZERO interceptions on the day.

I  rest my case.

WAR EAGLE!

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  1. beezybub beezybub says:

    I’ve been saying this all season long… Put the kid in. He showed lots of maturity on the field Saturday as well as during press conferences. WDE!

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Let the kid play. He has the demeanor of a leader.

  3. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    He sure looked good Saturday night.

  4. mikeautiger says:

    When Frazier did not progress and Mosley could not do it, it was time to give Wallace a try after all,the accolades he had been receiving as a winner.

    He looked good as a leader Sat night. He has the skills and the attitude along with that IT factor of a winner.

    Go Wallace let’s go get a win and he could be the one thing that gets the O going and encourages the D to play like they did against LSU.

    Go Tigers

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I don’t think the coaches had much choice. Both Frazier and Moseley are hurt. Moseley’s ankle injury happened right in front of us, and it looked pretty bad, bent awkwardly. I’ll be surprised if he’s back from it, this year.

    …..Do we trust our brain trust on offense not to wreck Wallace? With starter Moseley out, and backup Frazier ailing, this staff ran Wallace up the gut 13 times last weekend. Running out of healthy quarterbacks is no concern to this staff!

  6. Bren Dekura Bren Dekura says:

    This week, I’m just gonna leave it at War Eagle!…and good luck Jonathan!

    (as I’m praying for no meddling on offense)

  7. restless6 says:

    I know he’s the only choice, but why in the hell does Auburn not have a QB on the team who can run a pro set offense? Isn’t that what the team wanted to change to?!

    Gene Chizik has made some stupid choices. Not having capable QBs is one of the most glaring.

  8. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Stating the obvious, this should have been done after the LSU loss after it was clear that Frazier wasn’t getting any better.

    I’m just curious – did Mosely get hurt Saturday after he took that unbelievable sack where he mimicked a sack of potatoes?? Or did he decide he just wasn’t playing anymore?

    WDE

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Read Acid’s comment. That explains it. Where I was sitting I didn’t see that.

      WDE

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..The defender rolled into the ankle of his planted foot, and the foot bent sideways. We’re talking a bad ankle sprain, at the very least. Those take weeks to get over, more if there’s serious ligament damage.

  9. restless6 says:

    So, now it’s a spread attack again?

    This team has no identity and does nothing particularly well. That’s Chizik’s fault.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Loeffler’s offense is not a true spread. It’s also not a true pro style offense. Supposedly his offense incorporates elements of both.

  10. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Wallace has been to all the practices. He sat in on all the team and position meetings. I fail to see where anyone comes up with the idea, that we all of a sudden have a spread attack.

    I think Jonathan Wallace just plays the position better than either of the other two. Plain a simply put, he has all the intangibles to be a decent QB in this league. Something this team has lacked since Cam left.

    That doesn’t automatically change what style of offense we are running. Jonathan Wallace just does it better, SO FAR. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

    Thanks everybody for the comments,

    WAR EAGLE!

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..As I said Sunday, Wallace looked good, but the reserve back seven for TAMU didn’t look so great. Still, we’ve got to get him in there and get him some experience. He may be the man going forward, or he may not. But if Frazier and Moseley are still ailing on Georgia or Bama week, we’ll need him to have that experience.

  12. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Restless6: Great catch! Yes, your are so very correct, it is ‘glaring.’ At the same time, there’s not one QB on the roster that the coaches trust to run the offense so why would we be any better next year? Those same guys are on the team next year unless Wallace becomes an All-American as a Sophomore or a Freshman ManChild steps in and takes control. THIS is a very big problem.

    • BigDaddyAU says:

      As I’ve been saying..the only QB’s on the roster, except Wallace, were recruited with Gus Malzahn’s offense in mind. Same thing with every other position except the true freshmen. How hard is it for fans to realize that and to understand that the switch from two completely different styles of offense is not an overnight makeover.

      Should we have seen progress from the start of the season til now? MOST DEFINITELY we should have…Is it entirely possible the players are not grasping the finer points or executing, of course it’s possible. This is not entirely the coaches fault. They are trying to change the entire mentality of the team and in the SEC you are going to see just how hard that is by your record.

      I believe this staff can get it done…with the right personnel and some tweaks to the staff..yes the staff needs to be looked at hard at certain positions. We also have to have the kids that know how to operate within the system..it takes EVERYONE not just coaches and not just the players.

    • restless6 says:

      I’m glad that you not only see the problem, but that you acknowledge it, as well.

      The QB development sucks at Auburn, and has done so for years. Compared to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, we are years behind them in QB development programs.

      It’s maddening to see how far behind these other schools in this regard. Blame the coaches.

      Using JC transfers is not the answer. It’s a temporary fix, but due to the piss poor player development, that may be the only fix for next season.

      Somebody will have to clean up this mess. It looks like a monumental task.

  13. mccullars says:

    Listening to the Wallace interview I thought it would be a great idea if Loeffler were fired and Wallace was allowed to call his own plays. I think it would be a major improvement.

    War Eagle!!!