The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Sports

August 19, 2013

Marshall named Auburn starting QB

AUBURN — Dual-threat junior college transfer Nick Marshall will be Auburn's starting quarterback in the opener against Washington State.

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday in a statement that the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Marshall rose to the top of what began as a four-man race during preseason camp.

"Nick Marshall has emerged and earned the right to be our starting quarterback," Malzahn said, a few hours after a post-practice news conference. "As I've said, we wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is that guy. He has caught on quickly in the short period of time he has been with us. He is a playmaker with a big upside, and once he becomes more comfortable with the offense, he has the chance to improve each week."

Marshall played cornerback and special teams as a freshman at Georgia. He and two other freshmen were dismissed from the team in February 2012 for undisclosed violations.

Marshall flourished on offense in his lone season at Garden City Community College in Kansas, passing for 3,142 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 1,095 yards 19 scores. Malzahn's last Auburn SEC-to-JUCO-to-SEC transfer quarterback, Cam Newton, won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to a national title.

Marshall set the Georgia High School Association record with 103 career touchdown passes.

Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah, also from Georgia, said he watched Marshall's basketball highlights "and knew he was as athletic as anything."

"Him coming here and showing how athletic he is and how fast he is and his ability to extend the play and make things happen with his legs . it's something you just have to watch," Uzomah said. "You can't really say, 'All right, the defensive end would have tackled him.' Probably not. He probably would have run out. He's a blazing guy. It's something kind of special."

Malzahn had narrowed it down to the two newcomers, Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson, early this week. Former starter Kiehl Frazier moved to safety. Sophomore Jonathan Wallace ended last season as the starter.

H-back Jay Prosch said Marshall stood out as practice went along.

"This summer I noticed he had a great arm and could really throw the ball and move really well at workouts," Prosch said. "When camp started it was kind of the same stuff really. It took a while for me to figure out and see differences. It was definitely hard on Nick and Jeremy coming in and not knowing much about the offense and not having the spring. Now I can see a big difference. They have adapted and are doing very well."

1
Text Only
Sports
  • CEO: Sterling staying on a 'disaster' for Clippers

    Coach Doc Rivers has said he'll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains owner, the team's interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a "disaster" for the franchise.

    July 23, 2014

  • Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

    In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys.

    July 23, 2014

  • CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays

    CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling's wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements.

    July 23, 2014

  • dunk.jpg Tedford, Potts take on the South

    While the North team has a lengthy winning streak in the basketball series, Tedford and Potts will face a tough battle against three players already committed to SEC schools on the South team.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arkansas State player earns conference honors

    Qushaun Lee led conference in tackles with 134 —the sixth most tackles in conference history and most by an Arkansas State player since 1991.

    July 22, 2014

  • Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes

    The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.

    Sterling, the volatile owner of the team, agreed to the sale but then tried to revoke consent in spite of a signed letter instructing his wife Shelly Sterling to sell for the highest price she could get.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tuesday could be time to 'play ball' for Biloxi

    July 21, 2014

  • Manchester United adds Hernandez for U.S. tour

    Javier Hernandez played for Mexico in the World Cup, appearing in all four of El Tri's games and scoring against Croatia.

    July 20, 2014

  • AP sources: Bon Jovi part of group eyeing Bills

    Jon Bon Jovi previously expressed interest in owning an NFL franchise but never specifically mentioned the Bills.

    July 19, 2014

  • Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

    The NFL is not aware of "any DEA subpoenas or investigations into club practices," spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email Friday.

    July 18, 2014

Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee