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

Hatfieldgeoff

August 23rd, 2013
8:39 am

I hope nothing turns up missing from the Auburn locker room this season. But, of course, if he plays well even that won’t matter.

Vampire Bill

August 22nd, 2013
1:14 pm

Nick Marshall is a star athlete and will excel where ever he plays. Tragic loss for the young man and UGA, but he seems to have rebounded well. Sure wish we had him as an All American DB for Clemson.

Go dawgs

Rolando

August 22nd, 2013
7:37 am

Despite what the article claims, there’s nothing of substance which would indicate that Nick will indeed find times tough. 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. He might struggle, early on, and have to adjust to his new surroundings. But the potential is there. If Gus is right, the SEC is the one who should be worried.

tide roll

August 21st, 2013
8:28 am

Let’s see:

CAM NEWTON – AUBURN,
NICK MARSHALL – AUBURN –
ANTHONY JENNINGS – LSU
Some kid from Lee County – OHIO STATE –
JOSH DOBBS – TENNESSEE-
JONATHAN MCCRARY – VANDY.

Do IT S.GA. MIKE! Is Bobo killing y’all or what?

Y’all ain’t won the SEC since WAAAAAY back in 2005! And that was with DJ SHOCKLEY.

I would say get a clue UGA but y’all know EXACTLY what you’re doing. The most backwoods, backassward program in the history of football. PITIFUL 35 years.

Y’all deserve every one of ‘em.

graphite

August 21st, 2013
7:02 am

My,my.Name calling is so childish. Bama will lead the way and all the others can follow.Awbarn and the puppies should have a good game.The SEC could field a great jail bird team.If only a coach could be found… RollOn

gregpatrick

August 20th, 2013
3:13 pm

Similar to Cam Newton in that he was asked to leave his first scholarship vacant because he was a criminal?

StankWren

August 20th, 2013
9:19 am

Sess Poole – Please go back to the cesspool that you crawled out of and stop polluting the blogs with your ignorance

Sess Poole

August 20th, 2013
7:23 am

Fire Mark Richt. That’s the answer.

Sess Poole

August 20th, 2013
7:08 am

Buh bye to the dwags!

Tide Roll is a Moron

August 19th, 2013
3:55 pm

Auburn people telling any other fanbase they are cheaters is laughable

GT, you are a certified idiot of the highest order

Facts aren’t too high on your list of priorities?
GT begged Marshall to play QB but he didn’t want to get destroyed running the triple floption
Marshall openly stated he wanted to go to UGA and play DB and go to the NFL

tide roll, you are the biggest idiot anywhere. Your comments are 100% laughable you fat idiot