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Word has it…

By on October 10th, 2013 in Member Post 10 Comments »

hi-res-7726808_crop_north - N MarshallIf you watched the AU vs. Ole Miss Game into the 4th Qtr you saw something happen that you had to be wondering – how durable is Nick Marshall. I mean, Cam Newton he isn’t. Or said another way… he doesn’t have the “S” on his chest. He’s flesh and blood human. I think we all saw that pretty quickly from the first game.

Well, as word has it… he might not be playing this weekend. Phillip Marshall has even written a piece on it that you can find on Face book: http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/101013aaa.html

Auburn and Malzahn are looking at A&M. So who do you start on Saturday against Western Carolina?  Do you burn a redshirt off of true freshman Jeremy Johnson or use Sophomore Jonathan Wallace? I don’t know and Malzahn isn’t saying.

And my question is still relevant… why was Marshall allowed to keep playing against Ole Miss?

Other injuries that AU is suffering that might impact play this weekend:

CJ Uzomah. Yep. There was a reason we didn’t see the tight end for only one snap it seems.  It was so bad that he was sat down immediately after it was noticed. Malzahn said he was “half speed.” The good news is that Malzahn indicates that it isn’t serious. This injury is undisclosed but let the speculation begin!

Justin Garrett. Yeah, he is a linebacker and suffered an injury to his right foot during practice before the Ole Miss game. Keep in mind Garrett is injury prone – he also missed weeks during fall camp that was with his left foot that also translated to missing the first three games. His issue is that he has a broken bone in his foot.

Jeffrey Whitaker. He went down before the Washington State game and has been down since with a torn meniscus. He received surgery to repair and it is said he is close to getting a release to play. However he will need about two weeks to get into game shape so don’t look for him anytime soon.

All in all if that is all we have in nicks and bruises… AU has fared pretty well after five games (3 in the SEC). Let’s hope the luck continues.

War Eagle!

10 Comments

  1. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Dude, you don’t burn a redshirt for a homecoming game against the hapless catamounts UNLESS there’s a strong chance that Marshall isn’t coming back or coming back seriously gimpy…….stay tuned, I guess.

  2. WeglWDE says:

    Whitaker is out for the season, will apply for redshirt.

  3. spanky says:

    I feel like Marshall will be ok. I’m torn though as to whether I want him to play this week for experience, or sit to heal longer. At this point I think it may be better for the team to get him the experience. I think that the risk of further injury is less than the gain and confidence he would get playing an easy opponent. If he does play and goes down, I don’t think it would be that much of a burden to start wallace. Marshall is better, but I think wallace could manage the team as well.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      I say play him one quarter.Then let Wallace play. Don’t burn Jeremy Johnson’s redshirt.

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I think the thing to do is play Marshall if at all possible, with a “no runs” policy. Have him work on his passing and timing. Switching to Jeremy Johnson this week would be a Chizik-level disaster. He’s been getting redshirt reps, and it would be suicide to unwrap him six games into the season, then throw him to the wolves at Texas A&M the following week.

    …..Ask Clint Moseley about that, from two years ago. Clint got his first SEC start in Baton Rouge, and it was a disaster, a 45-10 beating that accelerated Auburn’s slide towards 0-8 the next year.

  5. wpleagle says:

    At least the Catamounts don’t know whom to prepare for.
    I’ve never been a Scarbinsky basher, but I totally couldn’t believe he wrote a post advocating burning JJ’s redshirt. Idiocy!!!!!

  6. mvhcpa says:

    If you mean pre-injury, the reason Nick was still in there was because the game was still in doubt. If you mean post-injury, I wondered that too, unless they really didn’t know what was up with the injury, and just wanted a surer pair of hands to take the snap and hand the ball off. Heck, have Kyle run three wildcats with a deep punt rather than exacerbate Nick’sinjury. (Actually, I never understood why you couldn’t run the wildcat and pass off it unexpectedly.)

    As soon as I saw Nick try to keep his balance on the sideline after that play, I knew it would not end well. Sometimes it is better just to go ahead and hit the ground with a shoulder roll than flail your legs around like that trying to keep balance.

    Has there been any word on the injury to Nick itself?

    Michael Val
    (who really shouldn’t be commenting on things about which he knows so very little)