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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34 comments Add your comment


August 9th, 2013
1:42 pm

In the past 2 years, auburn has scored 7 points on UGA. Maybe they can double that this fall.


August 9th, 2013
1:45 pm

Marshall will fit right in at the cow barn. If he can spell his name he will fit right in. We will see him in Dec. RollOn


August 9th, 2013
1:49 pm

Before all the haters get started with their revisionist history let’s set the record straight. Marshall wanted to play defense at UGA because he also wanted to play basketball and he knew that QB was a full-time position. I wish him nothing but the best at Auburn and from what I have seen from the other QB’s @ Auburn he should have a great chance to be the starter there.

tide roll

August 9th, 2013
2:10 pm

Hell yes he’ll start!

And the Richt/Bobo braintrust had him covering punts. No wonder it’s been 30 something years!


tide roll

August 9th, 2013
2:29 pm

You think NICK MARSHALL’S a player?

Wait to you get a look at ANTHONY JENNINGS down at LSU! You can pull up a tape of him vs. Newnan and it’s unbelievable! Went 30 yards up the gut and juked the hell out of y’all’s free safety TRAY MATTHEWS. Newnan’s coach was quoted after the game: “IF THERE”S A BETTER QUARTERBACK IN THE STATE, WE DON’T WANT TO FACE HIM.”

Then he leads Marietta to the playoffs in the first time since forever, and throws a lazer for an 87 yard touchdown vs. Lowndes County (at Lowdnes by the way) and after it’s called back, does it again, this time for 92! Couple that with an 89 yard TD scamper and Lowndes Coach was quoted after the game: “HE’S EVERYTHING AND MORE THEY SAY HE IS.”

JENNINGS graduated early and participated in LSU’s spring practice. Was named TOP NEWCOMER at the conclusion of spring practice. He was coached at Marietta by Scott Burton, former QB coach at the University of Richmond. He’s just so advanced.

And get this: Anthony grew up a DAWG fan! His father Willie played at Georgia! And in spite of all of this, the Richt/Booboo braintrust don’t even offer the kid

Between JENNINGS to LSU, MARSHALL to Auburn, and Gainesville’s DESHAUN WATSON to Clemson. most schools would have had Booboo’s head, and probably Richt’s too. What do ya’ll do? Give ‘em both a raise!! Only UGA. Only the DAWGS. 33 years! Or is it 34? Jeepers. How do ya’ll stand it?

tide roll

August 9th, 2013
2:38 pm

Oh, I almost forgot. LSU lists Jennings at 6′3″ 210. Size 15 shoe. So he’s going to grow. You dawg fans can count on that.

Richt/Booboo just gave LSU the next Cam Newton. Y’all remember him, don’t you? The Heisman trophy winner from Atlanta Westlake? The one Richt went public with as y’all evaluating him as a tight end!

Wouldn’t you want to keep something like that that on the “down low”?

HELL NO! We’re going public with it!

HILARIOUS. Only Richt. Only UGA.

34 damn years! No wonder!!


August 9th, 2013
2:54 pm

I was surprised Richt did not give Marshall a look at QB. He is a Charlie Ward with speed and a super arm. And Richt coached Ward to a National Title at FSU.


August 9th, 2013
3:08 pm

I guess a Tide Roll is what you use when you want to get you butt extra clean when you wipe?


August 9th, 2013
3:10 pm


August 9th, 2013
3:16 pm

And why didn’t the almighty Tide offer, Tide Roll the industrial strength butt wiper? Why didn’t they get him if he is soooo great?

Just face it…you stepped in it and you can’t escape. Nick Marshall was recruited to be a DB and went to UGA because he wanted to be a DB. Pretty simple. If he had wanted to be a QB he would have insisted on it.
Just damn…


August 9th, 2013
3:45 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start for Auburn. He seems to be the type of QB that Gus likes in his offense.

Wasn’t he one of those “Dream Team” recruits at Georgia? He might well come back as a nightmare on November, 16th. Time will tell.

UGA Insider

August 9th, 2013
4:47 pm

UGA 45
Clemson 17

UGA is LOADED this year folks! The casual fan and haters will see what I am talking about very soon.

tide roll

August 9th, 2013
5:28 pm

Let’s see. CHARLIE WARD Thomasville GEORGIA ! – Heisman winner. FSU – National Champs.

CAM NEWTON Atlanta GEORGIA ! – Heisman winner. Auburn – National Champs

SEAN JONES Thomasville GEORGIA ! – Ga. Tech – National Champs

HOMER JORDAN Athens GEORGIA! – Clemson – National Champs

Thre’s not another school in America that can boast this record. Other than UGA! All in-state studs. All largely ignored by the DAWGS, which results in your competitors winning National Titles! It’s hilarious. Who’s it gonna be next?

NICK MARSHALL – Wilcox County GEORGIA – Auburn


DESHAUN WATSON – Gainesville GEORGIA – Clemson.

DO IT DAWGS! UGA football. A tradition of ……! Can we get a GOOOOOO DAWGS! Sic ‘em from Paula Deen maybe?


August 9th, 2013
6:01 pm

Industrial strength butt cleaner aka Tide Roll – WHY didn’t almighty Bama recruit them if they are so great? You never answered… and you can’t without making a bigger fool of yourself. Go back and worry about your own players… if Jennings is so great he’ll carve you up like Johnny Football did and you’ll miss out of the butt kicking your West division representative is going to get.

tide roll

August 9th, 2013
6:20 pm


You know what y’all are. And that’s what you always will be. You have 12 male versions of Paula Deen making up your Athletic Board, and Richt sells you out and yields to their wishes

You guys would rather lose with Mason Hudson (which is what’s going to happen) than win with a kid like Anthony Jennings. Come on NC DAWG. It’s soooo obvious. Why don’t you admit it. Admit what your program is.

Until y;all are willing to do right by kids such as Marshall, Jennings. Jonathan McCrary and Deshaun Watson, you’ll continue to be what you are now. THE MOST OVERRATED and UNDER ACHIEVING football program in America.35 years


August 9th, 2013
7:14 pm

Now I know why you ignorant fools think putting a roll of toilet paper on top of box of Tide is clever… you’re whacko idiots! What the hell are you talking about? If you are implying that Georgia only recruits white QB’s you have genuinely lost your mind. The Dawgs are still recruiting Deshaun Watson, they have Christian Lemay on their roster right now and started DJ Shockley in 2005. We also had a guy named Quincy Carter back in 1998-2000, who started each year he was there.

You have 30 times as many Paula Deans in Bama with less than half the population. In every post you have crapped all over yourself so now we know why you call yourself Tide Roll. Your going to need it to clean up your mess.

Go run home to Mommy, you can’t play with the big boys. You are embarrassing your family.


August 9th, 2013
8:16 pm

@ NC Dawg – Tide Roll has been spouting the same nonsense for years on these blogs and only gets away with it now on the blogs that don’t require registration. Hopefully that will get straightened out very soon. Maybe Tide Roll is The Hater and is just stirring things up to get hits. If you go back through the history of UGA you will find that UGA has had a number of QBs that happened to be black.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 9th, 2013
10:35 pm

Nick Marshall screwed up when he didn’t sign with TECH to play QB.
He had to go through all this crap to end back up playing QB.
Nick you should have hit the books and played QB at TECH.


August 10th, 2013
6:49 am

Marshall stole money from a team mate. He missed his chance by not playing basketball.

destin dawg

August 10th, 2013
3:15 pm

Tide Roll is a gay racist… measuring shoe sizes of teenagers ???? Dawgs will roll this year.. Marshall is great at D back and he wanted to play B ball… too bad he’s a thief… Newton was too !!

Big Brother

August 10th, 2013
11:30 pm

I find it interesting that seemingly virtually everyone from Alabama, and to a lesser degree other states, bail out of their home state once they become of age and move to the great state of Georgia. Then, they get on these blogs and brag about how great their worthless schools and backward states are despite the fact that they abandoned them. I also find it amazing that mental midgets, who are probably banned from their own school’s blog (assuming they even attended college there or anywhere else), post on this UGA blog. Why the obsession if your school and your state is so great? Could it be some inferiority complex about yourself, your school and your state. Reason makes me think so. Please just go away. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Just go away.


August 11th, 2013
12:01 am

I agree. Alabama is just the country western counties of the Atlanta metro. Any holiday will find I-20 West littered with Alabama people flocking home to see the refugees they left behind. They are like northern transplants and European immigrants. They will tell you how great their homeland is – even though they abandoned it for Atlanta. As always, please feel free to return home. It was so great you burned rubber out of there the second you could.


August 11th, 2013
9:50 am

I was disappointed when NM got booted off the team. It was completely his own fault and he admits that. I saw him play QB as a high schooler and the kid was amazing. Hopefully he will work his way in the the starting QB at AU. I want to see him playing. He made a mistake and hopefully, he’ll come out it a better man.


August 11th, 2013
11:03 am

Why are so many Georgia fans so obsessed with their fellow posters that they forget to discuss football on a football blog? Probably 2/3 of the posts on these AJC sports blogs consist of posters whining about other posters.


August 11th, 2013
7:07 pm

Auburn had good luck with its last QB who was booted from Fla for stealing a computer and they are going to see if lightning can strike twice with Marshall.


August 11th, 2013
11:00 pm

Hey Roll Tide, Charlie Ward wanted to stay close to home; therefore, he went FSU. Watson chose not to go to UGA. Cam Newton was not recruited as a QB because UGA was set at QB at the time. Roll they also lost that game to Newnan so really didn’t matter what he did!! Against Lovejoy, in the second round, he finished 15-28 for 153 yards with 1td and 2ints. He also ran for 18 yards and was sacked 9 times. So stop cherry picking certain games to make the dude look like a god!!


August 12th, 2013
7:44 am

Why the snark on Wake Forest? I saw them crush Clemson and FSU more than once. And I’d rather watch them play than Georgia Tech.

tide roll

August 12th, 2013
8:07 am

Jennings had no chance vs. Lovejoy’s defense. They barely lost to Norcross in the finals.

What’s the kid supposed to do?

Anthony won the Atlanta regionals in the elite 11 competition over 98 other QBs from 17 states including y’all’s next great hope Ramsey, who didn’t place in the finals!

But that doesn’t matter to Bobo and you UGA fans because that’s not what it’s about is it UGA fans?

Pitiful. No wonder it’s been 35 years. Y’all deserve every on of them.

Tide Roll is a Moron

August 12th, 2013
9:02 am

Tide roll is a Tech fan
Tide roll has a restraining order against him by all the GT football coaches
Tide roll is an idiot
Tide roll ignores the fact that we recruited DJ Shockley, who is black and he played QB for us
Tide roll ignores the fact that Christian Lemay is black
Tide roll ignores the fact that Deshaun Watson was recruited very heavily by UGA

Tide roll, I will meet you anywhere, anytime in person and introduce you to a white boy AZZ whipping.

You are a moron


August 12th, 2013
9:25 am

The irony embedded in that last post is downright delicious. ;-)


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.


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 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.

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