Jonathan Wallace appears to be back to taking snaps at both wide receiver and quarterback.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Saturday Wallace was taking occasional practice snaps at quarterback. The comments of the Tigers third-year head coach could be interpreted as he was describing a contingency basis if an injury were to occur to projected starter Jeremy Johnson and backup Sean White.
“(Wallace) is a guy that has played in game situations that does understand this offense,” Malzahn said. “This time of year sometimes you got to be thinking in the season, the what-ifs. What if this happens? What if that happens?
Wallace (Central) met with the media for the first and only time on Aug. 12 and the senior made no mention of taking snaps at his former position. Wallace has spent the spring and preseason camp trying to win a contributing slot wide receiver spot on the first or second-team unit.
“I’ve transitioned this past spring and now it is just a matter of going out and executing every day, showing the coaches they can trust me,” Wallace said. “It’s a trust deal. Coach Malzahn has set the tone for that. They have to count on us to execute out there, give great effort. If we can’t get that done, we can’t play. That’s the bottom line. That’s where that stands. I’m getting there.”
Wallace has played sparingly in 21 games at quarterback in his three seasons in a backup role. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound athlete has accounted 962 yards of total offense in his previous three seasons but hasn’t attempted more than one pass in a game in either of the last two seasons. Walace started the final four games of his true freshman season, winning two of those contests but was shown to be ineffective in losses to Georgia and Alabama where the combined score was 87-0.
“It’s just kind of like that security blanket,” Malzahn said. “He’s responded well. He’s a senior. He can do both without it taking away, so we’re starting to give him some snaps.”