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Newcomer quarterbacks impressing Auburn coaches

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn Tigers scrimmaged against Tuesday morning, but it was a shorter, less intense workout.

It was also designed to give some of the younger or newer players more of a chance to show what they can do.

It was also the first day that Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson hit the practice field knowing they would take the majority of snaps with the first team.

After practice, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee reiterated that sophomore Jonathan Wallace was not out of the quarterback race; rather, the coaching staff is simply already familiar with what he can do.

"We still have three guys we're looking at," Lashlee said. "We feel very confident we know what Jonathan can do at this point, from the spring and the first two weeks of fall camp."

Lashlee said the coaches would like to name a starter as soon as possible.

"I think it just goes back to who's going to earn the respect of their teammates," Lashlee said.

Marshall and Johnson started behind Wallace and Kiehl Frazier, who has since moved to safety, since they were not on campus for spring football.

"That's half the battle, getting used to the way we do things, at that tempo," Lashlee said. "It's not only you ask them to learn a new system and to learn reads, but you're asking them to do it at warp speed. They picked it up well. As a matter of fact, I'd say the last five or six practices, seven practices, I don't think we've had issues with communication or anything like that, or tempo."

Auburn is off on Wednesday before going back to work on Thursday.

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