Auburn coach Gus Malzahn narrowed the competition to be the Tigers’ starting quarterback.
Four candidates – Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace, Jeremy Johnson and Nick Marshall – began fall practice with a chance to secure the No. 1 spot, but Frazier and Wallace have been eliminated from the competition after the Tigers' weekend scrimmage. Marshall and Johnson are now fighting to start the season opener against Washington State. Wallace will remain at quarterback but is expected to serve as the No. 3 signal-caller in 2013.
In a surprising move, Frazier has been shifted to safety. The junior threw for 753 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Marshall and Johnson were touted recruits, but neither have a snap of FBS experience under center. Marshall started his career at Georgia as a defensive back and tossed 20 interceptions as a starting quarterback on the JUCO level last season. Johnson was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals in the 2013 signing class.
Marshall is an excellent athlete, so Auburn needs to get his playmaking ability on the field. However, expect to see Johnson this year, especially if Marshall continues to struggle with turnovers.