Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' post-spring quarterback depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 25, 2014 

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee talks with his quarterbacks (from L-R: Jeremy Johnson, Jonathan Wallace and Nick Marshall) during a practice prior to the BCS championship game.

TODD VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series begins with the quarterbacks.

Who's Who:

Nick Marshall, senior: 142-for-239 (59.4 percent), 1,976 yards, 14 touchdowns, six interceptions; Rushing: 172 carries, 1,068 yards, 12 TDs

Jeremy Johnson, sophomore: 29-for-41 (70.7 percent), 422 yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions

Jonathan Wallace, junior: 2-for-4 (50 percent), 24 yards

Tucker Tuberville, sophomore: N/A

Pre-spring projection:

1. Marshall

2. Johnson

3. Wallace

4. Tuberville

Post-spring projection:

1. Marshall

2. Johnson

3. Wallace

4. Tuberville

Analysis: If it's drama you're looking for, check out another position.

Marshall entered the spring as the starter and exited it the same way. As noted above, not a single change took place among any of the quarterbacks on the roster. Things might get shuffled up a bit this fall once Sean White joins the team, though it's likely he'll take a redshirt and sit out the 2014 season.

After having 15 practices with the first-team offense this spring, Marshall is expected to be even better in Year 2. He showed a glimpse of what was to come in the A-Day game last week, throwing for 236 yards and four touchdowns. What Johnson's role will be next season is still up in the air. According to the coaching staff, he was still receiving 25 percent of the reps with the first team during the spring. Still, one must assume he'll only get significant playing time in 2014 if Marshall is injured or some other strange circumstance arises with the Tigers' starter.

Wallace, ever the good soldier, will remain the No. 3 quarterback while also being the team's holder on extra points and field goals.

And when it comes to Mr. Tuberville, he should circle the contest against Samford on Nov. 22. Given the large margin of victory Auburn should have in that contest, that may be his once chance to take snaps in a live game next season.

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