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Nick Marshall will play but will not start Auburn season opener

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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will play in the first game of the season for the defending SEC champions, but he will not start the game. Head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed the playing status for his returning starter on Friday, and he put it clearly.

“Nick is still our starting quarterback,” Malzahn said, as reported by

Auburn opened camp Friday, and Malzahn took the time with the media to set the record on how Marshall would be disciplined. Marshall was kept home from SEC Media Day events a couple of weeks ago after being cited for possession of marijuana. Malzahn also noted starting defensive back Jonathan Mincy, also charged for marijuana possession this offseason, will not start for Auburn in the season opener.

Marshall paid a fine for marijuana possession last week, allowing the police to consider the case against him closed. With the legal process in the books, it was up to Malzahn to come to a decision on what to do next. Malzahn had been holding off on deciding how to proceed with punishment for Marshall but stressed it would be figured out. As previously noted, Auburn’s drug policy did not seem to indicate any lost playing time would be enforced for this offense.

Marshall was named to the All-SEC First Team and he has been mentioned as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate for the upcoming season. Although he is not technically being suspended by Auburn, the absence of playing time does not appear to be something that will hold Auburn back for very long.

Auburn opens the 2014 season at home against SEC West foe Arkansas on August 30.

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12 Responses to “Nick Marshall will play but will not start Auburn season opener”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 1, 2014 8:51 PM

    He’s going to sit for 3 plays against San Antonio barber’s college.

    Oh, SEC…….

  2. florida727 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:51 PM

    Dear Stupid,

    Before you comment, read the article. They open the season against an SEC divisional opponent. Okay, so it’s not exactly Alabama. It’s still a game they’re expected to win, and need to if the want to get where they expect to by season’s end.


    An SEC Fan…

  3. ducksk says: Aug 1, 2014 10:45 PM

    Really really sad.

  4. ducksk says: Aug 1, 2014 10:47 PM

    Perhaps the stupidest thing I have EVER heard is when the dbag cop told him he was a role model for millions.

  5. wilburmills says: Aug 1, 2014 10:51 PM

    how long he sits will depend on how the game is going…if Auburn is ahead and doing well, he gets a longer suspension…if Auburn is struggling, good-bye suspension….

  6. ducksk says: Aug 1, 2014 11:01 PM

    Maybe that fat cop who called him a role model for millions will bring him some donuts for the 1st 3 plays he sits. A role model? For who? Snoop dog or wille Nelson?

  7. dhardy8207 says: Aug 2, 2014 8:14 AM

    Well it seems someone of the “feathered” nature has just been salivating for the opportunity to sit high and look low on an SEC thread.

    Anyhoo, despite the difference in opinions of how this should be handled, Malzaln has issue his decision. I’ll reserve judgement until I see Marshall trot out on the field at the beginning of the game..

  8. huskerzfan says: Aug 2, 2014 8:58 AM

    Nice work Gus. Ruling with an iron fist. That’ll teach him.

    Should we expect him in the 2nd or 3rd series in the opener against Arkansas?

  9. Deb says: Aug 2, 2014 1:14 PM

    “Oh SEC.” Uh-huh. Of course, we know what they would have done in the B1G. With the much more serious infractions facing Terrell Pryor, Ohio State waited to begin his suspension after his bowl game. But sure … in the SEC teams are supposed to sit Heisman-quality quarterbacks against divisional opponents for minor off-season infractions. Yep.

  10. ducksk says: Aug 2, 2014 11:05 PM

    Hi deb, he is a thief and a pothead. Lawbreaker, to you minor . ….poor child/victim. He is on scholarship and broke the law twice and also NCAA rules. At what point and what do you think something is
    Major and shouldn’t suit up or get a scholarship. Murder? Rape? but as long as he can win a football game it’s minor? I despise thieves. And from your own teammate? How proud you must be to give this “kid” 3rd chance. ROLE MODEL!

  11. 24pointlead says: Aug 3, 2014 8:19 AM

    Hey Duckhead (sp) – At what point do you believe a guy has paid a price for his indiscretions? He lost his scholarship to GA. In 3 years, possession of pot will be tantamount to having a beer. Grow up!

  12. Deb says: Aug 3, 2014 4:52 PM


    Others post the same things I do, but for some reason you seem to fixate on me. So let me correct your erroneous assumptions:

    1. I don’t give players a pass because they’re good at football. As an Alabama fan, if I were approaching this wearing my football glasses, I’d want Marshall to be suspended. Instead, I always approach these issues wanting players to be treated the same as any other citizen.

    Would a guy on academic scholarship be barred from class after being cited for having one ounce of pot? No, he would not. Players should not be held to higher standards than other people. They did not ask to be ROLE MODELS. If you are stupid enough to make athletes role models or raise your kids to believe athletes are role models, that’s your problem.

    2. Whatever Marshall did at Georgia is irrelevant to this incident. Malzahn cannot decide Marshall’s punishment based on a previous incident at another school for which he has already been punished.

    3. Equating theft and possession with murder and rape is weirdly over the top. Clearly you have issues when it comes to maintaining perspective. But they’re your issues and have nothing to do with me. I haven’t given Nick Marshall any chances, have no reason to be proud, and am not in any way invested in Nick Marshall. I’ve simply posted an opinion on a football blog. You’re the one who seems ridiculously invested in the fortunes of Nick Marshall. Don’t project that onto me.

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