One of Best Quarterbacks in Auburn History: Nick Marshall
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!