Actions come with consequences, and Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has publicly accepted the consequences for his actions.
Marshall did not attend SEC Media Days and will not start the Tigers’ first game of the season against the Arkansas Razorbacks due to an offseason citation for possession of marijuana.
The senior quarterback spoke with media for the first time Sunday since the incident occurred. He was apologetic and admitted his mistake.
“I made a mistake and I’m just trying to gain my trust back from the coaches,” Marshall told AuburnTigers.com. “I let my family down and I’m also trying to gain their trust back and also the Auburn fans.
“The incident that happened, it’s just going to change me as a better man on and off the field.”
Marshall immediately made amends with his team after the incident. He also sat down with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn to discuss the situation and understand what is required of him moving forward as the leader of the reigning SEC champions.
“I came up here and I apologized and I told them it won’t happen again. And they accepted me back with open hands,” Marshall said.
“(Coach Malzahn) gave me a message that I made a mistake. I’m going to accept my punishment. I trust my coach, and I know I’m just trying to gain my trust back with him.”
Last season, Marshall led the Tigers through a magical campaign. As an ideal fit in Malzahn’s offensive system, Marshall passed for 1,976 yards and ran for 1,068 more. Ultimately, the length of Marshall’s suspension has yet to be determined beyond not starting the first game. But his absence will be felt in the Tigers’ offense for whatever length of time he isn’t in the lineup.
Marshall wasn’t the only Tiger that apologized for an offseason marijuana citation. Senior Jonathon Mincy did as well.
“I’m very apologetic to the Auburn family,” Mincy said. “I’m very apologetic to everybody that is a part of the Auburn family — the coaches, the fans and my teammates. Day in and day out, I’m just trying to get everybody’s respect back.”
“It was a mistake. It was a very humbling experience. The biggest thing right now is leaving that in the past and gaining everybody’s respect back.”