Will Nick Marshall start at Auburn?

Nick Marshall and the other Auburn QBs will have to decipher plays from this pop culture-laden board, and others like it.

Nick Marshall and the other Auburn QBs will have to decipher plays from this pop culture-laden board, and others like it.

Nick Marshall was a stud in high school, was kicked out of Georgia, was a stud in his one JUCO year and is now the young man who might be Gus Malzahn’s first QB at Auburn.

Marshall has crazy talent.

A short list:

  • Strong arm
  • Fast feet
  • Throws on the run
  • At home in the spread

Despite those skills and the fact that he holds the Georgia high school record for career TD passes with 103 while at Wilcox County, Marshall played corner at UGA in 2011. Mark Richt already had Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason at QB and the Bulldogs needed athletes elsewhere.

Marshall was booted out of UGA in 2012, transferred to Garden City (Kan.) CC, and promptly threw for 3,142 yards and 18 TDs and rushed for 1,095 and 19 more scores.

“He’s one unbelievable athlete,” Murray said this summer. “(He can) throw a football farther than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Marshall also was picked off 20 times in his 10 games at Garden City, something Malzahn obviously is working on as Auburn prepares for this fall.

Now don’t get me wrong.

The Tigers don’t appear anywhere near naming their starting QB. Marshall is one of a quartet that includes last year’s returning starters — Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier – and freshman Jeremy Johnson.

Malzahn’s offense puts a lot of pressure on his QBs, so one will need to step forward in the next three weeks unless the Tigers want a repeat of last year, when they were next to last in both passing and scoring offense.

Marshall’s athleticism might put him ahead of the others in the QB race, but judging by his 20 interceptions against JUCO competition, he might not be ready to face SEC defenses.

Notes and such

  • Miami’s new locker room is named after Dwayne Johnson. Who’s that? He’s better known as “The Rock” and played at Miami in the early 1990s. He’s given generously from his wrestling and movie earnings through the years.
  • Wake Forest leading rusher Josh Harris was declared ineligible last week. He was reinstated today.
  • While we’re on Wake Forest — it might be the last time — think of the marketing opportunities if Steed Lobotzke (the Deacons’ offensive coordinator) worked for a team nicknamed Broncos or Mustangs.
  • N.C. State RB Shadrach Thornton, who played at Liberty County, will sit out the Wolfpack’s first game after being arrested and charged with assault on a female. He rushed for 694 yards last year, despite missing three games.

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[...] I wrote last week about Marshall’s great skills, but he was recruited to play cornerback at UGA, where he played as a freshman in 2011. [...]


August 13th, 2013
10:43 am

I believe Nick Marshall did not play quarterback at GA is because he also wanted to play basketball and he said that it would require too much of him to play QB and play basketball.He also said he believed his best chance to play pro ball would be at cornerback.I wish him well at Aub and hope he has learned from life what got him dismissed from GA.


August 12th, 2013
5:41 pm

@NCDawg….. Don’t even mention Bama.You just stay with the bouncing ball and leave football alone. Just wear your sissy colored unies and play in small half empty pastures.


August 12th, 2013
10:39 am

PigIron August 12th, 2013 @ 9:25 am – ironic yes… delicious no… unless a three day old turd has suddenly become a delicacy.

August 11th, 2013 @ 11:03 am – it cuts across school lines in all directions. Group discussions always go down bunny trails… And yeah, I get involved sometimes too. Ever been in a group discussion and somebody makes “that” comment and you can’t help but respond, even though you know you probably shouldn’t? That is what happens here… alot.