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One of Best Quarterbacks in Auburn History: Nick Marshall

By on December 3rd, 2014 in Football 10 Comments »


On December 4, 2012 Auburn introduced Gus Malzahn as its new football coach. The former Arkansas State coach was charged with the responsibility of reviving a football program that had just finished its worst season in 50 years. It was a year so bad that blowout losses to the school’s two biggest rivals were overshadowed by a 63-21 loss at home to Texas A&M.

Malzahn surprised many with not only the staff he assembled but with the speed in which he accomplished the task. His next order of business was both to heal and rebuild a once proud football team.

Gus knew what he needed. He needed a quarterback that could lead the team and run his Hurry Up No Huddle offense to perfection. With a proven eye for quarterback talent he went after Nick Marshall, the top quarterback out of the junior college ranks.

He got his man, telling reporters later that Marshall was,“A great athlete … one of those impact players. We feel like [Nick] could come in here and give us a chance right off the bat.” And Gus was right. Nick Marshall was exactly what was needed to turn the program around.

His ability to make plays at the quarterback position has been the difference for the Tigers these past two years. Yet, even though he led Auburn to the SEC Championship and a berth in the National Championship game in 2013, he still had doubters. Those doubts were still being expressed at times this year on message boards.

But now that his Auburn career is nearly over, with only a bowl game remaining to play, Nick has established himself as one of the best ever to wear the Orange and Blue. His body of work speaks for itself.

He finished third on Auburn’s all-time career list in touchdown responsibility with 55, rushed for 1,856 yards with 23 touchdowns (good for 2nd on AU’s all time list for quarterbacks), and is 4th in the SEC and 18th nationally in passer rating at 148.65.

He has thrown for 4,120 career passing yards and 28 touchdowns (tied for 8th) with only 13 interceptions. His interception percentage of just .0244 is good enough to tie Patrick Nix for 2nd place all-time.

His 60.1 completion percentage places him fifth in Auburn history, ahead of Pat Sullivan, Reggie Slack, and Dameyune Craig. And this last week in the Iron Bowl, Nick broke Ben Leard’s school record for most passing yards in a game with 456 and Dameyune Craig’s record for total offense with 505 yards.

As he gets ready to play one last time in Auburn’s bowl game, can we all finally agree that Nick Marshall is not only a good college quarterback

..he’s one of the best in Auburn history!


  1. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    I second that motion.Nick is a real Auburn Tiger and always will be. And, EVERYONE KNOWS, win or lose:
    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  2. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    I’ve thought this all along. Its been hard to believe that so many couldn’t or wouldn’t see this. So many wanted JJ in the game and I love JJ and think he will be great but Nick delivered over and over again. If we had a better defense this year and for that matter last year there would have been 2 back to back NC’s!

    Thanks Nick for all the wonderful memories and for making your time at Auburn so exciting to watch! War Eagle!

  3. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I think the knock on Nick Marshall is a product of his outstanding performance. Fans have gotten so used to his precision on the zone read that when a mistake is made, or a play doesn’t go for 5+ yards per carry, they feel he must be at fault. The same goes for his passing, as the stat line rarely shows the number of dropped passes, coverage throw-aways or his Manziel-like ability to elude the rush for positive gains.

    But the reality is Nick Marshall has been one of the most most dynamic and productive quarterbacks for Auburn since 2000, second only to Cam Newton in terms of total offense in a single year, and might actually gain more yards as a starter in two years (6139 in 25 games with one to go) that Jason Campbell did in three (6417 in 39 games, 2002-2004).

  4. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Thanks Tigerman for this article. Nick deserves all the cred he can get – He’s earned it. We’ll be alright with Jeremy but I for one will hate to see him go.

  5. hello2196 says:

    Nick has been a winner everywhere he’s been. i just hope the NFL will see that and he gets to prove himself at the next level and has a great pro career. i’m looking forward to watching him in the orange and blue one more time!

  6. AUglenn says:

    Nick’s one of my favorite Tigers and I’m glad to see someone a good article about him. he is so cool and calm on the field no matter how much pressure he is under, just look at what he did in both Iron Bowls. Not since Cam Newton have we had a quarterback that could do all that he does. I’m going to miss watching him play.

  7. milehighmike says:

    It seems nick caught grief when he had a not so great moment and not so much praise when he made a great play. When you consider he pretty much had to learn this offense on the fly for the past two years it speaks volumes for what he accomplished. I think it would be safe to bet there are alot of defensive coordinator in the SEC who are glad they won’t have to deal with Marshall again. I wish him the best.

  8. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    In the immortal words of Mr. Red Buttons who stated on many occasions during Mr. Dean Martin’s roasts “never got a dinner!” Only in this case “never got a championship”! As long as we keep that in mind – I feel comfortable with considering him in the top ten Auburn QB list. He had abilities other QBs only dream of… I only wish that he had a championship that sealed his (and Auburn’s) place in college football history.


    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      He did win a Champioship, Two of ’em: SEC West Champs and SEC Conference Championship.

      If you were referring to national championship, Auburn has only 2 QB’s that have done that and of that two, only Cam is considered among the top quarterbacks to ever play at Auburn.