Now starter, Nick Marshall will find going tough in SEC

Nick Marshall was a star QB at Wilcox County High School. He will start at Auburn this fall.

Nick Marshall was a star QB at Wilcox County High School. He will start at Auburn this fall. (AJC)

That didn’t take long.

There was a ton of speculation as to who would start at quarterback for Auburn this year.

Well, the wait is over.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn tweeted late Saturday afternoon that former UGA cornerback Nick Marshall will start at QB for the Tigers. He beat out last year’s returning starters — Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier – and freshman Jeremy Johnson. Frazier had already been moved to defensive back.

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.

He 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,” UGA QB Aaron 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, but must have shown something in his first few weeks running Malzahn’s offense.

Malzahn obviously is hoping Marshall will turn into another Cam Newton, who followed a similar path to Auburn as Marshall did.

But SEC defenses are a different breed with different speed.

Marshall will soon realize he’s not in Kansas anymore.

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Rollover Tide

August 23rd, 2013
9:06 pm

It is simply unbelievable how many bama fans there are who didn’t make it out of high school but they think their all knowing when it comes to sports! What a embarrassment to the human race! They make the Obama clown look sharp.

david

August 23rd, 2013
8:56 pm

He will be the best Qb in the state and from what I am hearing there are a lot Cam comparisons! A great talent who will put up #’s if he is healthy. Johnson the true freshmen will be a pro in 3 years so Auburn is in good hands!

Hatfieldgeoff

August 23rd, 2013
8:43 am

“He PLAYED on one of those SEC defenses , as a freshman. He should know as well as anyone what’ll be facing him on the other side of the line.”

Hey Rolondo, You can ride in a semi and it seems impressive and then you can be standing in the road when it is coming at you. Much more impressive!!