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Season-ending injury to QB Tyler Queen puts Jonathan Wallace back in mix at third string

Michael Niziolek


Quarterback to wide receiver, and back again.

Senior Jonathan Wallace has been the ultimate utility player for the Auburn football team’s offense providing depth wherever the coaching staff feels they need it.

The Central-Phenix City alum moved over to wide receiver in the spring, but is back taking reps at quarterback to fill in for the injured Tyler Queen.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced the team’s third string quarterback had a procedure similar to Tommy John surgery this week, and will miss the rest of the season.

“It was something that's kind of been bothering him during fall camp with his elbow and we just felt strongly that we needed to go ahead and get that procedure done, get him back for spring,” Malzahn said. “Jonathan Wallace will be the guy that will step up and play a little more quarterback.”

The 6-foot-2, 214-pounder started four games at quarterback as a true freshman going 46 for 80 with 720 yards and four touchdowns. He was one of the team’s backups the past two seasons.

Malzahn anticipates Wallace splitting reps at quarterback, and wide receiver for the foreseeable future.

“Now that we’re making this call he’ll be a little more quarterback than receiver, but he’s still going to help us at receiver,” Malzahn said.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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