AU Freshman QB Makes His Collegiate Debut

Auburn freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace discusses playing vs. LSU in his first collegiate game action.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn came into the LSU game with several new plays on offense plus a new quarterback in a part-time role as Jonathan Wallace made his college debut on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

A year ago he was playing on Friday nights about 30 miles down the road at Central High in Phenix City. He noted that the coaches had been working on getting him ready to run a special package that featured running plays by the quarterback.

"They believed that this game was the right game," Wallace said after the Tigers' 12-10 loss to No. 2 ranked LSU. Wallace ran the ball three times for 15 yards vs. the LSU defense.

Except for the outcome, Wallace said having a chance to play against LSU on national television in an SEC football game was a lot of fun."

Asked if he was nervous before the contest knowing that he was going to play for the first time, the freshman said, "Not really. I know what Coach wanted out of me and I just went out there and executed."

Wallace's position coach, Scot Loeffler, had praise for the young quarterback after the game. Senior wide receiver Emory Blake did, too.

"Wallace brings another element to the offense," Blake said. "He is also a leader out there. Jon does a good job in closing the huddle and making sure everybody is straight."

Wallace said he was impressed with LSU's defense. "Of course, this is the SEC and they are going to play rough--a lot of physicality out there."

The freshman said there weren't many surprises for him in his college debut, not even the speed of the game, something first-time players often mention. "I have kind of grown to the speed through practice so it was not too much different," he said.

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