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


August 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

That’s what I figured.


August 17th, 2013
5:59 pm

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

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 17th, 2013
6:02 pm

come back & bite us in the butt??


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.


August 17th, 2013
6:12 pm

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

Big Crimson 75

August 17th, 2013
6:26 pm

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


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.

Ted Striker

August 17th, 2013
7:53 pm

Wish him well except vs UGA.

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.


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


August 17th, 2013
9:59 pm

He enjoyed five finger discounts….guess that doesn’t bother awfulburn. Teammates better watch their stuff. Maybe shoulda been put on defense for takeaways.


August 17th, 2013
10:10 pm

Awfulburn had computer thief Scam (with dad, Scam Senior) and now tricky Nick.
Favorite old tv show in awburn must be “It Takes A Thief”, updated to “We’ll Take A Thief”.
Didn’t Aundrey Bruce try to rob a pizza delivery guy after he signed for millions with Falcons? What’s with those awfulburn players?


August 17th, 2013
11:34 pm

Only at Auburn can a player get another chance for theft. Newton and now Marshall.You really have to ask if you are an Auburn Alumni if you want to support a team or if you are proud of winning a Championship if it is because you let Newton on the team. He actually only attended class for about 9 months and completed 6 hour’s of school work. He will never get a degree from Auburn and completing 2 courses doesn’t make him an Auburn Tiger. I would never attend another game if I graduated from Auburn until they took that embarrassing statue down. Maybe Marshall will deserve the honor of saying he was an Auburn Tiger when his time is over.
I hate to see any team in the SEC want to win at all cost and for Auburn it would be no pride and no integrity.

Poor puppies

August 18th, 2013
12:05 am

It must suck being a Georgia fan. Y’all haven’t won anything since Hershel and the Auburn Tigers are in your heads. Cam and Nick Fairley ruined your fan base forever. Ariana Murray can’t win the big game, so maybe you should have kept Nick and overlooked his issue like you have all of the other THUGA players.

Poor puppies

August 18th, 2013
12:15 am

Wishful hoping chromey!


August 18th, 2013
4:47 am

@Poor puppies:

Yes, you’re right–Auburn is in our heads, for about one week a year. And then it’s over, because Georgia is 8-4 against Auburn during Mark Richt’s tenure in Athens–and he’ll be 9-4 after this season, notching another decisive win against the Tigers to go with the blowouts of the past few years. Take away the Scam Newton game (the last time the Tigers started a felon at QB) and the last few years have not even been close. Richt showed mercy on the hapless Tigers last season, or that game could have ended up 60-0. So you can believe whatever fiction your little heart desires. You can make it somehow honorable that you’re giving folks like Cam Newton and Nick Marshall a second chance. You can say to yourself that it’s okay that active players hold up a family at gunpoint to buy more synthetic marijuana. And sure, Nick Fairley is a model of sportmanship, Cam Newton knew nothing about his father shopping his kid around for money, and no one had any idea that players were being paid at Auburn the last few times they got caught doing that (”Heck, I just found that cash under my pillow, mister! Honest!”). The bottom line is, you’ve got it backwards. Mark Richt is winning in Athens–and he’s doing it without cheating, without being dishonest with his players about his intentions, without sugar-coating myriad player transgressions. He expects the men on his watch to toe the line on behavior–and if they don’t, they can play for someone else. Richt isn’t afraid to discipline those who fail the character test, which is why you will never see an Aaron Hernandez, Tyrann Mathieu or Jerry Sandusky situation develop in Athens as long as Richt is head coach. So those of you who are willing to run that sort of program–a program willing to bend the rules to win at all costs, a program willing to bring in a player of low character for a single semester just to win something. a program who will turn a blind eye to felonies and drug tests and the like–you can have the Zach Mettenbergers and Nick Marshalls and Nick Fairleys of the world. And Georgia’s won plenty since Herschel. Richt has averaged 10 wins a season in the toughest league in the nation. He’s won the SEC East five times in 12 years, and the SEC title twice–and he’s favored to win the East again this season. And he’s done it with his integrity intact–something Auburn cannot begin to claim. So yeah, we’ll see who is in whose head after we blow you out again on November 16. It must be pretty rough when you’re hoping for a 6-6 season–which is about the best you can expect this year.

August 18th, 2013
8:09 am

I stated earlier in the week that Marshall would probably start for the Tigers…immense talent…good luck to him…extra motivation for UGA ?? did they do him wrong ?? he was caught STEALING…acceptable behavior on the Plains…AU fans have no shame, the SMU of the SEC…and no, it doesn’t suck being a UGA fan, 2 SECCG appearances in the last 2 years and gunning for another this year…but it sure must suck being a fan of the most cheating school in the SEC…and we will wear you out again this year…go dogs

Bob-Bob Baran

August 18th, 2013
8:39 am

Hey, how’s that DOMESTIC ABUSER, Sanders Commings, doing??? Ahhh, well UGA said we need him on the team and goshhhh, 8 yards away from going to the National Championship……Hey, we’ll overlook, brush under the rug, turn a cheek for this DOMESTIC VIOLENCE charge brought on Sanders Commings so the honorable UGA faithful can get 8 yards from the Nat’l Championship…….GOOOOOOO DAWWGGSSSSS….SIC HER….uhhh Sanders, that would be SIC EM!!! Ohhhh ya…well, I go play futbawllll coach…..


August 18th, 2013
8:46 am

Ironic that Georgia fans consider Auburn dirty because they play dirty players — from Georgia.

Anyone suffering from the delusion that Mark Richt runs an angelic program in Athens need only watch a replay of the 2011 Vandy game. An embarrassment to all of college football.

Discipline and sportsmanship? Hardly…


August 18th, 2013
10:12 am

This is great. Readiing all the butthurt THuga fans’ crying and whining, as usual, this morning. Envy is a terrible thing mutt butts. But it’s a lot of fun reading your assinine comments regardless. Keep it up!! I’m really looking forward to reading the THuga fans’ outrage when you start out 1-3 this season and start calling for that saint of yours head.


August 18th, 2013
10:49 am

He actually only attended class for about 9 months and completed 6 hour’s of school work. He will never get a degree from Auburn and completing 2 courses doesn’t make him an Auburn Tiger.

I guess that wasn’t Cam on campus this past spring enrolled in school and working towards his degree, going to class everyday with all the other students, which he’ll be back enrolled in spring 2014 to complete unless the panthers are in the playoffs.


August 18th, 2013
11:18 am

You trolls are pathetic

I saw Marshall play in high school and was elated when he went to UGA. Then I was disappointed when he got booted for theft. He is an amazing talent. He also has hung in there , took his licks and coming out on the other side. Give it a break trolls. You can spin this as something Richt or Georgia did wrong or that AU/Malzahn are wrong for signing him.

Nick has worked hard on a comeback and has kept his nose clean. He’ll likely make it to the NFL because he is that good. The Dawgs and his former team mates wish him well and that is really all that matters.

Good luck Nick! We look forward to disappointing you when we meet

tide roll

August 18th, 2013
12:27 pm


Those two had Marshall covering punts and kickoffs! Ranks right up there with Richt and Booboo evaluating Cam Newton as a tight end! It’s hilarious.

QUESTION DAWG FANS: Before Blair Walsh has there ever, in the history of the NFL, been a player who was NOT EVEN INVITED TO THE NFL COMBINE, named to the PRO BOWL his rookie year? It’s hilarious! Do it Richt, Do it Booboo, and Do it Dawgs!

You guys made arguably the greatest running back in the history of the NFL, I’m talking TERRELL DAVIS, a friggin’ 6th round draft pick!!

Only UGA. 35 years. Is it any wonder?

Oh yeah, one last thing: SPIKE THE DAMN BALL!! Jeepers.

tide roll

August 18th, 2013
12:50 pm

Hell, you thinks NICK MARSHALL’S a stud, wait till you get a look at ANTHONY JENNINGS!

He won the Elite 11 regionals in Atlanta over 87 other QB(s) from 19 states including y’all’s next great hope Ramsey, who didn’t place in the finals

Was coached at Marietta High by Scott Burton , the former offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of Richmond.( I know he’s no Mike Booboo). Enrolled early at LSU and was named ” TOP NEWCOMER” at the conclusion of Spring Practice. Has beaten out Steven Rivers, Phillip Rivers’ brother, for the number two spot on the depth chart.

LSU’s QB coach, Cam Cameron ( I know, this guy’s no Mike Booboo), described Jennings as being a great athlete who is a quarterback first and ” innately accurate” when passing the ball. A 6′3″ 210 lb. STUD, who grew up a DAWG fan, and whose father played at UGA!! Are you guys nuts????

No worries Dawg fans, he couldn’t hold Hutson Mason’s jock.

You know something Dawg fans, Richt and Booboo are friggin’ CERTIFIABLE!

Goooo Dawgs, Sic ‘em !!!! 35 years. Spike the ball fool!

tide roll

August 18th, 2013
1:20 pm

Great article on the Auburn site: Nick Marshall’s JC coach: THERE’S NOTHING HE CAN’T DO.”

Anthony Jennings had two TD passes in LSU’s scrimmage yesterday.

Great article by Seth Emerson regarding Richt and Booboo’s affinity for pocket passers. Apparently Booboo had MINUS 128 yards rushing in his career at UGA!! Those two refuse to get it, don’t they?

And your Athletic Board members know what committing to a dual threat QB means, and they, along with the rest of you, want no part of it, right?

Only at UGA. If Richt were at FSU, I promise you NICK MARSHALL, like another Georgia product, Charlie Ward, is starting for him. But not good old UGA. NO WAY. PITIFUL.

Richt bows to the wishes of the board rather than doing what’s best for the program, so he can cash in.. You all should be ashamed.

Booboo in particular, is killing y’all. 35 years.


August 18th, 2013
7:25 pm

Ummmmm 7576 remember a thief named Alec Ogletree……he was a thief and only suspended for a game.

and DMOSHER UGA has been on probation in the time Auburn was last on probation…Over 20 years ago….Why don’t your holier than thou Dags invite the NCAA in to do an audit like Auburn did during Cam Newton saga and see what happens….guess not since you know what will happen.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 18th, 2013
8:27 pm

so he looks good at auburn. i bet any qb looks good over there right now. nick was good in hs. should be interesting to see how he turns out.

Hunker down

August 18th, 2013
8:31 pm

Good luck Nick!

destin dawg

August 19th, 2013
6:37 am

I remember James Brooks out of Warner Robbins… played 3 years for Awlbarn… @ Rb and kick return… played NFL 3 or 4 years….. then trying to get out of child support $$$ claimed he couldn’t get a job because he couldn’t read and write ???? !!!!!! same old AU !!!!


August 19th, 2013
7:12 am

Nick Marshall was the most talented athlete in his class out of Georgia. He almost took a basketball scholarship at Tech. I always wondered why Georgia had him playing defense, and if I remember right they were going to make Cam Newton a tight end. This kid, Marshall, throws the ball better than Cam Newton at this stage in his career. When I saw Newton the first time play Ark. State in person I knew he was something special. This kid is too, and it will underline what is wrong with Georgia once more.

Add to that Gus Malzahn, who was there during the national championship, and like Georgia, Auburn couldn’t judge the talent and kept the wrong coach, but have got it right this time. Malzahn seems to know these kids when they are very young in high school. He has a pool of talent in his head, people most of us have forgotten, like Newton a Georgia high school star and now Marshall same thing. They show up at Auburn. There may be a problem some day how they show up, but at least he gets his money’s worth.


August 19th, 2013
7:18 am

I see… They teach the kids to read and write at UGA, huh? ;-)


August 19th, 2013
7:25 am

ARdawg, Auburn won a national championship, all yall do at Georgia is talk about almost beating Alabama, where even there you coaches choked it. You never stop to think all these people are coming through your system yet you are one of the few in the SEC that has not won a national championship, even when they hand you a schedule like you had last year. For every Newton or Marshall how many have there been who never saw the light of day because yall buried them in wrong positions or debt charts in Athens? Cincinnati has Charles playing fullback in the NFL.


August 19th, 2013
8:49 am



August 19th, 2013
9:08 am


Aaron Murray will end this year owning almost every school and SEC passing record. Think of all the great QBs that came come through the league and then understand that Murray will own all of the records. Nick Marshall threw 20 INTs in 10 games at a Kansas community college. He couldn’t hold the clipboard for Aaron Murray.


August 19th, 2013
9:10 am

“He’s one unbelievable thief,” UGA QB Aaron Murray said this summer. “(He can) steal more from a locker room than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life.”


August 19th, 2013
9:43 am

Well, when you steal from a team mate, the starting the starting quarterback and leader of the team, you have to go.


August 19th, 2013
9:45 am

When you steal from your starting quarterback and team leader, you have to go.


August 19th, 2013
11:05 am

“Aaron Murray will end this year owning almost every school and SEC passing record.”

Yeah… He just played through two years of the easiest schedules in SEC history and he hardly ever saw the bench in any of those cupcake squashings. His stats against quality opponents are not nearly so impressive.


August 19th, 2013
12:32 pm

I like how you say he is going to find out what the SEC defense is. Like he was not signed for DEFENSIVE back at Georgia which is an SEC team last time I checked. I am pretty sure he has a good idea what an SEC defense is. Marshall beat out some good football players. Auburn is a pretty successful program minus having former CGC trying to implement a different scheme with players recruited for a specific type of offense. I love how underrated we are this year because I KNOW Auburn football and I KNOW we will be good this year. As a Georgia fan why can’t you just be excited that your team is rated very well and you have a chance to win a national championship?


August 19th, 2013
2:14 pm

HUMM Got to be a first…. UGA will be going against two QB’s this season who were former UGA players, dropped from scholarship, and picked up by LSU and Auburn. Should be interesting homecoming!

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

Sess Poole

August 20th, 2013
7:08 am

Buh bye to the dwags!

Sess Poole

August 20th, 2013
7:23 am

Fire Mark Richt. That’s the answer.


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


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?


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

tide roll

August 21st, 2013
8:28 am

Let’s see:

Some kid from Lee County – OHIO STATE –

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.


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.

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


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.


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!!


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!

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.

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