Auburn Football: True Freshman QB Jonathan Wallace to Start

Chizik, Auburn Turn to True Fresman QB This Saturday

10/31/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Auburn coach Gene Chizik is making one final move in attempt to save his hot-seated job. This Saturday, true freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace will lead one of the most anemic offenses in the country as the Tigers host fellow bottom feeder New Mexico State.Blog Photo - Auburn Football: True Freshman QB Jonathan Wallace to Start

Chizik announced the decision during his Tuesday press conference following a nice performance in relief of injured Clint Moseley and ineffective Kiehl Frazier, completing 6-of-9 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns while adding 71 on the ground.

"After reviewing film, he really played well," Chizik said, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "So that's the decision we've made. We'll forge ahead with that.

“He was up here all day yesterday watching film … not that that's the first day he's done that,” he continued. “Our team has a high level of respect for how he prepares and goes about his business, not just in the classroom but on the field.”

At this point in time, playing a New Mexico State team that matches Auburn in record (1-7) doesn't really help out Chiznik's chances of coming back in 2013. A win is all but expected and a loss could potentially pull the plug before season's end.

Sending a true freshman into the battlefield with your job on life support isn't usually the most alluring idea, but it's all Chiznik has at this point.

And in a season where you're bowl ineligible before November even hits, it becomes an all-or-nothing type of situation.

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