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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54 comments Add your comment

Bitter

August 17th, 2013
8:34 pm

i Told a Auburn friend not to worry after malzon was hired and now marshal is Q/B

———————-I also picked the war crows to win the sec west, and they will loose twice to UGA

——————————-Just a warm and fuzzy to the ———BARN FANS———–hahahahahahh

————Best of luck————————————————–CHEATERS———Blahahahahah

Max Sizemore

August 17th, 2013
8:22 pm

Marshall, once he plays a game or two, will be exceptional. And you, Andy, will be wrong.

Ted Striker

August 17th, 2013
7:53 pm

Wish him well except vs UGA.

NCDawg

August 17th, 2013
7:34 pm

I wish him well in every game except the bout scheduled for 11-16-13. And then I hope he plays well but loses anyway. Hopefully he has learned his lesson and grown up.

Big Crimson 75

August 17th, 2013
6:26 pm

Things are looking up on the Plaines!!
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Haha. When you’re at rock bottom & the laughing stock of the SEC, there’s only possible direction to go.

ignition

August 17th, 2013
6:12 pm

good for him.. will give him extra ammunition against Jawja.

Poopdawg

August 17th, 2013
6:02 pm

Don’t forget how high Marshall was rated as a QB coming out of high school. UGA offered him as a QB but Christian Lemay committed 1st which left Marshal no other offer at UGA than as a DB which he gladly took. Marshall will be a stud. Congratulations Nick, I wish u would have stayed in Kansas.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 17th, 2013
6:02 pm

come back & bite us in the butt??

JCB

August 17th, 2013
5:59 pm

Things are looking up on the Plains. Treekillers have peaked.

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

That’s what I figured.