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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