Quarterbacks learning Auburn’s offense at warp speed

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* Auburn media Relations*
AUBURN, Ala. -- New quarterbacks Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson are learning Auburn's fast-paced offense on the fly.

And then some.

"Not only are you asking them to learn a new system and learn reads, you're asking them to do it at warp speed," said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. "They've picked it up well."

That's good for Auburn, considering Marshall, the junior college transfer, and Johnson, last year's Mr. Football in Alabama, are getting the first-team snaps as the battle to become the opening day starter continues.

Lashlee said don't count Jonathan Wallace out of the race, either.

All three have strong arms, but Lashlee is looking for something more.

"It all goes back to who's going to earn the respect of their teammates. Who's the team believe in? Who does the offense believe in? Who's going to protect the ball? Who do we feel like we can trust?"

The quarterback race, the focus of fall practice anyway, jumped to warp speed on its own Monday when head coach Gus Malzahn announced that Kiehl Frazier had moved to safety, and Marshall and Johnson would get the first crack at the starting job.