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There have been rumors humming around outside the Auburn program this week that Malzahn might play highly touted quarterback Jeremy Johnson Saturday, inexplicably burning a potential redshirt for the season.
But for now, those rumors are just that—rumors. Auburn's backup quarterback all season has been Jonathan Wallace. Malzahn gave Wallace high praise when setting the two-deep depth chart going into the season, and he said that he has full confidence in the sophomore were starting quarterback Nick Marshall to go down.
Wallace has even played some snaps this season in the Tigers' Wildcat formation, with Auburn scoring on a play with Wallace in the game against Arkansas State. He hasn't taken many significant snaps as part of Malzahn's every-down system just yet, but will most likely on Saturday—giving Auburn fans the chance to see just how well Wallace operates out of Malzahn's spread.
Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne
After Tre Mason carried the load last week with 25 total touches, expect the junior to rest up and take less snaps Saturday, making the way for Grant and Artis-Payne.
Both have seen significant playing time this season, with Artis-Payne piling up 256 yards and two touchdowns on 47 carries, and Grant totaling 248 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
But Auburn fans will have a chance to see even more of them Saturday and put together a better idea of just how potent Auburn's three-headed monster at running back is moving forward.
The Wide Receivers
Besides sophomore receiver Sammie Coates, no one has stepped up for Auburn to become a consistent threat and target for Marshall.
Saturday will be a big opportunity for some other receivers to get touches and find their way into a groove within the offense.
On the back end, fans could also get a better idea of what to expect from Marcus Davis, Tony Stevens, and even Kiehl Frazier—the former quarterback-turned-safety who has now made a slow move back to the offensive side of the ball, and who took snaps at receiver against Ole Miss.