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Auburn Has a Quarterback (and “Nick is the guy”)

By on August 17th, 2013 in Football, News 28 Comments »

“(Nick Marshall) can throw a football farther than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s an unbelievable football player. I’d like to see how much better he’s gotten over the past couple of years.” Those words were spoken this summer by Aaron Murray, All-SEC quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Today we learned that Murray may get his wish as Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn announced Marshall will be the starter in Auburn’s opener in two weeks. As all Auburn fans know, Marshall has been locked in a battle with the 2012 ‘Mr Alabama Football,” Jeremy Johnson since the beginning of fall practice.

Many expected Malzahn and Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee to pick Nick all along. But if that were the case they would have gone with Marshall last week and given the Juco transfer all the reps this week in preparation for the Tigers’ August 31 date with Washington State.

It has been evident that Malzahn was giving Johnson every chance to get the nod. For his part, Jeremy showed a lot of class after the announcement when he tweeted, “Nick Marshall deserves (it) and will do a lot for the Tigers this year!!! War  Eagle!”

Marshall comes to the job as the Georgia State High School record holder for career touchdown passes. In addition, he put up big numbers at Garden City (Kansas) Community College last season, throwing for 19 total touchdowns and 3,142 yards while rushing for 1,095 yards and 18 TD’s in 11 games.

Gus Malzahn said, “We wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is the guy.”

With the new QB having been given the keys to the offense and placed in the driver’s seat – the Tigers can now focus on getting ready for the Cougars.


  1. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:


    OK Nick,It’s your turn to show us what you can do!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  2. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Here we come!

  3. restless6 says:

    Fear the Tigers!

  4. sparkey sparkey says:

    Furthermore, Jeremy Johnson will not redshirt this season. Yes, you read it right. He’s not going to redshirt this season. Like I said, Nick Marshall will be the quarterback but JJ will play this season.

    • restless6 says:

      I think you are correct. NM is the starter for 2 years, but JJ begins the trend of the same QB for years that we have been missing. Tyler Queen and Sean White are coming too.

      It is indeed a new day!


  5. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    I was completely wrong with which player I thought would lead this team. I really thought Jonathan Wallace had the intangibles to be a great leader. Maybe he does, but Nick has that something extra.

    I am 100% behind this choice, and hope we have a great season.


    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      I wouldn’t feel too bad, the guy I thought that would get the job is playing defense! I never really thought Wallace had a chance though, mainly because Khiel was a Malzahn recruit, who ran Malzahns system and you don’t bring in hihghly rated JUCO QBs not to play. The biggest factor against Wallace though, is that Wallace was a Loeffler guy and unless Wallace was just head and shoulders above the rest of the competition, it wouldn’t really reflect well on Malzahn that none of his recruits could win the job.

      • Todd92 Todd92 says:

        Malzahn recruited Wallace to Arkansas State and if I’m not mistaken that’s where he was headed until the late offer from Loeffler.

        • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

          Well that makes me 0-2, in the QB analysis department. I’ll go sit down and wave my pom pom now.

          Too bad we don have a La Directional school to open up against as opposed to WSU. It wold be nice to get Nick some playing time under his belt on the big stage before having to play some stout competition. Hopefully he is one of those kinds of guys that thrives when the pressure is on.

          Good Luck Nick and WAR EAGLE!

        • bubbajack says:

          I believe Wallace was headed to Central Florida when he got the late offer from AU…at least that’s what I seem to remember.

  6. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Now adding the #MarshallPlan to #GusDelorean………Oh.My.Goodness. Football is less than two weeks away and I’m definitely getting excited!!

    I guess now a bama player has an AU tattoo and now an Auburn player has a GA tattoo ~ enough with the tattoos!! But GA will face two former players as QBs ~ now that’s just as crazy!

  7. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    I really thought it would be tough to start Marshall or Johnson after neither went through spring and Marshall arrived late for summer workouts. When I heard Malzahn and Lashlee were slowing down the offense for their reps it seemed to confirm this. I hope Marshall has a grasp on enough of the playbook that out offense is able to pull out all stops and go blazingly fast.

    War Eagle Nick Marshall!

  8. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    His helmet reads “Marshell’ with an ‘e’. Articles use ‘Marshall’ with an ‘a’. Which is it? It’s good to be back in full swing again for a refreshing new season.
    My first reaction to the QB pick was ‘ugh, another JUCO that keeps us from forming a lasting bond with a young QB.’ But then I read the comments and think more about Malzahn’s predicament. We were sooo very bad last year and there’s been enough “new day, new season” excitement in the air that Malzahn has tremendous pressure to win right away.
    Most preseason analysis have us pegged for a bowl game, some even have us with an 8 win season. That’s coming off last year’s wretched performance and the reminders of the Chizik rise and fall. Those are lofty expectations (ones I will be very happy to see of course). I hope it all pans out in our favor.


  9. Malakai Malakai says:

    I still hope they red shirt Johnson. Seems a waste to burn a year on mop up duty. Let Johnson do that stuff. JJ is a talented guy and if something happens to Marshall I would be comfortable with him leading Auburn.

    Right now I would be doing backflips in anticipation of the 2013 season with the offense we have. Defense on the other hand.. eek. It’s going to be rough in a lot of games. Opponents are going to throw vertically on us early and often. Safeties, linebackers, front four, all are suspect.

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      I’m less worried about getting beat deep right now…. Defending the run against the likes of Bama, UGA, and LSU as well as defending the underneath passing game, however, scares the hell out of me. Our DL has to get a good push as well as stuff the run. Controlling the line of scrimmage is paramount.

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      I understand what you mean but JJ is almost certainly going to play this season.

  10. PhilTheTiger says:

    I’m not worried about Offense because Gus was hired and I know he wont have a piss poor offense…I mean for God sakes Chris Todd still holds records people lol…NOODLE ARM!!!! lol…Defense is what scares me…especially because of the suspensions and injuries on that side of the ball…I hope they can get it together sooner than later or we’ll be put in games where we’re forced to score more points than the other team and that can lead to mistakes!

  11. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I was sort of pulling for Jeremy Johnson but when they brought in Marshall, I thought it would wind up being him. Now that Nick’s the pick, I hope everybody gets behind him and he lights up the scoreboard. I just know I’m ready for some football!

  12. sparkey sparkey says:

    I hope this McNeal stuff beyond him being thrown off the team isn’t true. Anyway, Nick Marshall is your guy and JJ will play. I have been saying this several weeks now.

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      Other than JJ’s obvious talent what is/are the reasons you believe that JJ will play this season? As a change of pace? Not if Marshall is everything we’ve been told. I still have a hard time believing they burn his redshirt to allow him to mop up against the cupcakes, and, outside of mop up duty, I don’t see a true use for him unless Marshall tanks or gets hurt (hopefully neither will happen). I see Malzahn allowing Wallace to get mop up duty because it doesn’t affect the eligibility of a potential starter…. in other words I believe Malzahn will preserve as much of Johnsons eligibility as possible for the outside chance he could be a 3 or 4 year starter.

      • SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

        I disagree. If he’s the second best QB, he’s the backup. If it was a close race, I want the kid ready to step in if Nick goes down or has problems. If he’s as good as we think he’s going to be, let him learn for two years and step in as a junior. I really like having the next guy in line already having game experience, even if it is “mop up duty.” I mean, the kid worked his way past both of last year’s starters, without the benefit of spring practice. Give the man his spot.

        • Todd92 Todd92 says:

          Unless Marshall is one and done, Johnson gets his chance at mop up duty next year as a redshirt freshman. I’m sure Malzahn will continue to bring Johnson along in practice without having to burn his redshirt. I’m ready for AU to develop QB talent the right way with a QB getting a couple of seasons as a backup at minimum including a redshirt season. Meaning we never have to start a QB that is less than a redshirt sophomore. And this season if Marshall stays healthy and productive let Johnson learn and mature on the sidelines. If he’s all that he will compete and maybe win the job next year… If not then no harm done anyway. Wallace should be a servicable backup.

  13. restless6 says:

    I have watched NMs YouTube reel over and over. He reminds me of a young Vick in talent.

  14. sparkey sparkey says:

    There are guys coming in that are going to be special as well. We don’t have to worry about quarterback as long as Gus is here and recruiting his guys except Kiehl Frazier. Anyhow, I still think he plays this season but I may be way off usually I’m pretty right though 😛

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      According to the media last night Wallace will be Marshall’s backup and Johnson will travel but not play in order to preserve his redshirt. Gus has said if Marshall goes down Wallace will be the first in.