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Nick Marshall | Quarterback

Team: Auburn Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210

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ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that he's having a "hard time" projecting Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall "as a legitimate NFL prospect at QB."
This is not an uncommon criticism for a signal-caller with a career 55-percent completion percentage. "Even more concerning is that Auburn's scheme consistently manufactures simple reads and large throwing windows by utilizing play-action off of their run game," Weidl wrote. "Defenses are consistently loading up the box with seven, eight and sometimes nine defenders in an attempt to stop the run, often leaving a single-high safety or no safeties in the middle of the field. This won't be the case at the next level, where coverages are more complex and throwing windows are tighter and close much quicker." Weidl believes Marshall could shift to RB or DB in the pros. "Scouts will likely be intrigued with his athleticism, speed and experience at his former position while at Georgia, which might be enough for a team to take a flyer on him as a developmental prospect," he wrote. Oct 5 - 9:06 PM

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Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall both threw and ran for more than 100 yards in Saturday's 45-17 win over Louisiana Tech.

He finished 10-for-17 through the air for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and added 105 yards on the ground across 13 carries. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline projects Marshall as an NFL running back. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote earlier this month that Marshall "isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect." Because Marshall's accuracy, ball placement and pocket presence aren't NFL-caliber, Brooks sees a shift to safety coming: "He possesses the size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in space, but also has a solid understanding of offensive concepts, which would help him play faster in the back end," Brooks wrote.
Sep 28 - 7:25 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall "isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

That said, Brooks believes Marshall is a good enough collegiate QB to potentially help Auburn win the National Championship this year. "From an NFL perspective, Marshall's performance [in Thursday's win against Kansas State] did little to convince scouts that he's a quarterback prospect at the next level," Brooks wrote. "He frequently missed open receivers on a variety of vertical routes that would've put the Tigers comfortably ahead early in the game. In addition, Marshall struggled finding passing lanes against the Wildcats' pass rush, resulting in a number of tipped or batted passes at the line." Because Marshall's accuracy, ball placement and pocket presence aren't NFL-caliber, Brooks sees a shift to safety coming. "He possesses the size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in space, but also has a solid understanding of offensive concepts, which would help him play faster in the back end," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 5:58 PM

In his first start of the season, Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall threw and ran for more than 100 yards apiece in Saturday's 59-13 romp over San Jose State.

He finished 10-for-18 passing for 101 yards, one touchdown and an interception, and ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. The Tigers raced out to a 38-10 lead at halftime, which allowed Jeremy Johnson to get a little garbage action in the second half. Of course, Johnson started in the first game because Marshall was suspended for the beginning of the opener against Arkansas as punishment for offseason marijuana possession charges. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline projects Marshall as an NFL running back.
Sep 7 - 7:03 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "loves" Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall's running ability and projects him as an NFL running back.

He projects Marshall as a Round 6 prospect. "Marshall was the catalyst on offense for Auburn’s title contention last year and while he lacks the passing skills to play under center at the next level, I love his ball carrying skills," Pauline wrote. "Marshall runs with vision, instinct and shows the ability to elude defenders and create yardage. He offers solid size and plays with good speed which, in my opinion, adds up to a third running back at the next level." Marshall collected 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns last year.
Sep 1 - 8:00 PM

Auburn backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson says senior QB Nick Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy.

"He led us to the national championship, and we were 13 seconds away," Johnson said. "And this year he got better at passing, better at running, better at making reads. He’s become a leader on this team and I’ve never seen him so amped at practice every day the way he is, the way he comes out. So, I know for a fact he’ll win the Heisman." Marshall is certainly a frontrunner after collecting 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns last year. He will not start in the opener against Arkansas as punishment for offseason marijuana possession charges.
Source: AL.com
Aug 17 - 11:20 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall is "not as accurate on the move and had a number of passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage a year ago."

"Marshall is not as accurate on the move and had a number of passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage a year ago, two areas that must improve in 2014 if he is to be a legitimate quarterback candidate for the NFL," Rang wrote. While there is no denying Marshall's "agility, speed and arm talent," when he sets his feet - the "ball explodes out of Marshall's hand, according to Rang. The Auburn prospect threw for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 4:50 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall accepted his punishment of not starting the season opener against Arkansas.

"I made a mistake and I'm just trying to gain the trust back from my coaches, my teammates and Auburn's fans," Marshall told reporters. "I'm just going to accept my punishment with open hands. The incident that happened is just going to change me and make [me] a better man." Marshall said he had a "man-to-man conversation" with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and also apologized to teammates after getting popped on marijuana possession charges last month. "He just told us he was embarrassed and he's going to do whatever he's got to do to get back and help us win games," center Reese Dismukes said. Marshall threw for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Backup Jeremy Johnson is expected to start against the Razorbacks.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 10:35 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall will not start the first game of the season against Arkansas, HC Gus Malzahn announced.

Marshall was involved in a marijuana possession case this offseason and has already paid fines and taken measures to get back into the good graces of the team's staff. This is a common punishment, but the question is how long Malzahn will hold Marshall out of the game. It was for a different reason, but Johnny Manziel was held out of the first half of the season opener in 2013.
Aug 2 - 9:21 AM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall paid roughly $1,100 in fines, and his marijuana possession case is now considered closed.

The Tigers' quarterback's mother Shalena Cliett paid the fines, with approximately $1,000 going for Marshall's possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and $100 being assesses for illegal window tint. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn still hasn't decided on a punishment, though Marshall was not allowed to go to SEC Media Days or Auburn's ESPY appearances. If the quarterback is suspended, Jeremy Johnson would ascend to No. 1 QB duties.
Source: AL.com
Jul 24 - 4:53 PM

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told ESPN's Numbers Never Lie that he hasn't yet decided on a punishment for senior QB Nick Marshall.

Marshall received a citation for marijuana possession earlier this month. "He'll have some things he'll have to pay for," Malzahn said Monday on the television show. "I have not decided that for sure right now, but it will be in a short period of time I'll have that figured out." Malzahn called Marshall "the face of the program" who, prior to the incident, had "been a model student, citizen, all of the above." Jeremy Johnson will take over if Marshall is suspended for any length of time, and Malzahn believes he is NFL-caliber. "(Johnson is) another outstanding quarterback I think will play at the next level," he said. "He played two games last year and was the SEC Offensive Freshman of the Week. We're in good shape there."
Jul 21 - 8:22 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said senior Nick Marshall is the first returning starting QB in his eight years as a college coach.

This is remarkable. Obviously Malzahn had a National Championship winning season with Cam Newton and took Nick Marshall and Auburn to the same game in his first season as the Tigers' head coach last year. Marshall seemed to improve as a passer as the season went along, but the focus is running the ball with play action off of it.
Jul 21 - 2:25 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall addressed the team following his citation for marijuana and was apologetic.

The news comes via tight end CJ Uzomah, who replaced Marshall at SEC Media Days. Marshall emerged as the team's starter last year, and fir well in Gus Malzahn's run-focused offense. He absolutely needs to improve as a passer in order to stay at the position. Marshall was recruited to Georgia as a cornerback.
Jul 15 - 1:56 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldamn reports that Auburn isn't bringing senior QB Nick Marshall to SEC Media days after his marijuana citation."

"Auburn isn't bringing Nick Marshall to SEC Media Days after his marijuana citation..Would've been biggest name QB at SEC media days this week," Feldman tweeted. Auburn will now be sending TE C.J. Uzomah in place of QB Nick Marshall. The preseason Heisman candidate was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana following a traffic stop last Friday.
Jul 13 - 11:23 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall was contrite, apologetic and teary-eyed after getting cited for marijuana possession on Friday, according to Reynolds, Ga., chief of police Lonnie Holder.

Holder issued the citation after a traffic stop. "He was very regretful," Holder said. "He was very respectful. He was very apologetic. He seemed like he was disappointed in himself. He did get a little teary eyed as we had the conversation. I think sometimes what those kids need, they need somebody to talk to them and say, hey, you made a mistake, don’t let it happen anymore." Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn released a statement over the weekend saying he was "very disappointed" in Marshall, but we haven't yet learned if Marshall will be suspended.
Source: WRBL-TV
Jul 13 - 5:47 PM