The Senior Bowl is around the corner (seriously, players check in on Sunday) and Auburn’s Nick Marshall just made the cut. Added as an alternate earlier this week, Marshall will play quarterback for the South team. And he has Marcus Mariota‘s lack of answer to a Senior Bowl invite to thank for that.
“Because of the unique nature of the Marcus Mariota circumstance, we felt like instead of waiting around, with some of the changes we’ve had on the roster it frees up at least a spot,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage told AL.com. “I thought that the next-best player to bring on would be Nick Marshall. He’s going to play quarterback. He is not going to experiment at cornerback this next week. And if Mariota accepts we would have the unusual circumstance of having four quarterbacks on one side.”
If Mariota does indeed head to Mobile next week, the South team would end up with four quarterbacks, which would be a first.
Marshall has indicated he’d be willing to play defensive back at the next level, which is where many personnel types project him. I know the next month when he goes to the combine, even if he goes as a quarterback, at the end of the meeting they ask ‘What alternate positions do you want to see some of these players at?’ The hands are going to go up, ‘We want to see Nick Marshall in the defensive backfield,'” Savage said.
Marshall threw for 4,508 yards with 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing for 1,866 yards with 23 touchdowns in two seasons as the Tigers’ starter. He guided Auburn to an SEC championship and national championship appearance in 2013.
The Senior Bowl will be played Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. ET (NFL Network).