AUBURN, Ala. — Rhett Lashlee shot down any assertion Jonathan Wallace would change positions: The junior is a quarterback, plain and simple.
"Jonathan’s that guy that I could sit up here for 30 minutes and sing (his) praises," Lashlee said after Auburn's practice Sunday. "There’s not a better young man on our team, there’s not a better leader on our team, there’s not another young man on your team you’d want your daughter to marry someday. He’s phenomenal, he’s a good player, he’s a competitor and we’re going to find ways for him to help this team."
In what manner that will come is still to be determined. At the moment, he's no better than third on the depth chart, attempting to fight off true freshman Sean White.
At least Wallace can rest easy knowing Auburn's offensive coordinator has the utmost faith in his capabilities as a quarterback.
"If a guy or two goes down, I know we can put him in," Lashlee said. "He can run our entire offense. He knows exactly what to do and I trust him. Situations will maybe dictate what his role is throughout the year, but we’re doing our best to give him opportunities to have roles. ... We’ll see as the year goes on."
The Central High alum has played in 14 games during his career on the Plains, including four starts, all coming in 2012. He has completed 53.8 percent (48 of 84) of his attempts for 744 yards and four touchdowns. Wallace also has 201 career rushing yards on 60 carries.