Many ACC and SEC QBs made their first starts this weekend – with mixed results — a group that included Auburn’s Nick Marshall and Florida State’s Jameis Winston.
Almost everybody who follows the SEC knows Marshall’s story.
His numbers – 10 of 19 for 99 yards — were ordinary in Auburn’s win over Washington State. The Tigers seemed content to run the ball a lot while letting Marshall adjust to the speed of the game at the FBS level.
But coach Gus Malzahn liked what he saw from Marshall:
There were a couple things communication-wise we’ll get better on but overall I liked the way he handled himself. He protected the football and that’s hard to do. They were showing him a lot of different looks and trying to disguise some things but he protected the football.
He didn’t make a fan out of Washington State QB Connor Halliday, who wasn’t impressed, telling The Spokesman-Review:
They ran the ball real, real, real well. If they could find a quarterback, they’d be a top-five team in the nation. They just don’t have a guy who can throw it. That running game was something very, very impressive.
Auburn’s QBs were terrible last year. If Marshall doesn’t improve, expect Malzahn to look elsewhere.
What did you think of Marshall’s performance? Will he survive the season without being pulled?
And then there was Winston, who set Twitter and college football writers’ hearts ablaze Monday night with his performance in FSU’s 41-13 win over Pitt.
There was much discussion about the recruiting battle for Winston, who is from Hueytown, Ala., not far from Tuscaloosa.
For Auburn fans, Winston's dad said they stopped recruiting Jameis hard after landing Zeke Pike. So there's that.
— D.C. Reeves (@_DCReeves) September 3, 2013
Anyone else get the feeling Alabama and Auburn are going to regret that Jameis Winston crossed the state line?
— Kevin Scarbinsky (@KevinScarbinsky) September 3, 2013
The rookie was 25 of 27 for 356 yards and four TDs, and then pulled a veteran move by crediting his offensive line, his WRs and RBs after the game.
It’s only one game, but if he continues to shine, Winston will shoot up the list of top QBs in the ACC.
Are you sold on Winston? Can he keep it up all season? Will FSU be a national title contender?
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