Last Chance To Shine

This quarterback has yet to take a snap for Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium vs. an opponent other than his defensive teammates. He'll get his chance Thursday night when the junior varsity Tigers take on Georgia Military Academy at 5 p.m.

Auburn, Ala.--For most of the Auburn players who will suit up for the Tigers in Thursday night's junior varsity game against Georgia Military Academy, it's a chance to show the AU coaches what they have to look forward to in the future.

But for senior quarterback Jacob Allen it's a chance to show those same coaches that they might have made a mistake in not letting him take a snap under center until now. And deep down inside, that's exactly what Allen says he wants to do. "I feel that I'm a good quarterback," he says. "If I didn't believe in myself, I wouldn't be out here. I want to go out, play hard and win. I want to show that I can play."

Jacob Allen worked as the JV quarterback at Tuesday's practice.

Allen will start at quarterback for the Tigers when they take on GMC. Allen was a scholastic standout for Bridgeport, Texas High School where he set seven state passing records. As a senior he threw for 3,869 yards and 35 touchdowns, but the six-foot, 199-pounder has spent a majority of his career at Auburn as the offensive scout team quarterback. He moved up to second team in 1999 when starter Ben Leard went down with an injury, but Allen never saw the field.

"It's a chance for me to go out and play good," Allen says. "It could be the last time I actually get on the field and throw a pass in pads. It's kind of stressful, but to me it's a challenge and I want to do my best."

Allen will most likely be remembered by Tiger fans for his over-the-shoulder pitch to placekicker Damon Duval on a fake field goal in the 1999 LSU game that Auburn won 41-7.

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone says he is happy Allen gets the chance to play in Jordan-Hare and have that experience. "Hopefully, he'll prove to all of us that he is a pretty good quarterback," Mazzone says. "Here's a guy who is most likely a dang good quarterback. It's just the way the cards fall in careers and his opportunity never came up to get a real shot at playing quarterback here."

Allen will get his shot along with 39 other Tigers who will take on the nation's top-ranked junior college Thursday night at Jordan-Hare with kickoff set for 5 p.m.


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