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Auburn’s Nick Marshall apologizes for marijuana citation

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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 “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.”

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah