Winston shines, Marshall dissed in QB debuts

Nick Marshall threw for 97 yards in his debut as a SEC QB. (AP)

Nick Marshall threw for 97 yards in his debut as a SEC QB. (AP)

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.

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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26 comments Add your comment

Tide Roll is a Moron

September 9th, 2013
11:17 am

Hey tide roll, you goofy baboon.

How is Erin Murray now?

4 TD’s and 309 yards and Walter Camp National Player of the Week

God you are stupid

Dwag Daze

September 5th, 2013
7:21 am

I had a vision… SC wins by three TDs. In the immortal words of Chester A. Riley, “What a revoltin’ development dis is.”

Bobby B

September 4th, 2013
12:24 pm

tide roll, here’s a fun party trick you should try….go to u tube, enter jimmy buffet & “were you born….” – your theme song is awaiting!

Tampa Gator

September 4th, 2013
10:07 am

I hate to say this because I cannot stand the Noles and was pulling for Pitt the other night…..but Winston had a great game. But let’s not give him the Heisman just yet…..for it was Pitt he did that against. But even so, he played out of his mind. If Winston continues to play at a high level, FSU will be a NC contender this year. As for Wallace, he led his team to a victory, something Auburn fans did not see much of last year from their QBs. So, he deserves some praise for that. And he probably will get even better as the season rolls along. I fully expect the new Auburn HC to get that program headed back in the right direction very quickly. Same with the Vols. The new Kentucky coach found reality on Saturday.

tide roll

September 4th, 2013
8:56 am

Besides NICK MARSHALL. WAIT TILL UGA fans get a look at LSU’s next dual threat QB, ANTHONY JENNINGS.

They absolutely love the kid at LSU. 6′2″ 212lbs, with a rocket!

JENNINGS enrolled early, and was named top newcomer at the conclusion of spring practice. He’s just so advanced.

Was coached at Marietta by Scott Burton, former offensive coordinator and QB coach at The University of Richmond.

Cam Cameron, LSU’S offensive coordinator, describes JENNINGS as “INNATELY ACCURATE” The kid’s already 2nd team down there!

And get this: both parents attended, you guessed it , UGA!!!, where his father played football!

And get this, RICHT and BOOBOO don’t even offer!! Ranks right up there with the CHANCE WARMACK “oversight” and CAM NEWTON tight end evaluation!

HILARIOUS!! Do it Richt, Do It Booboo, and Do it DAWGS!!!

35 years. Any wonder???

Andy Johnson is a damn fool

September 4th, 2013
8:43 am

“If they could find a quarterback, they’d be a top-five team in the nation. ”

ROTFLMAO. That guy must not see much football.