Will Marshall play in the opener?
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall was recently cited for possession of marijuana and was replaced at SEC Media Days by tight end C.J. Uzomah.
Marshall’s citation raised questions about his status for Auburn’s opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30, and coach Gus Malzahn did not clarify his quarterback situation in Hoover, Ala. on Monday.
“It is a privilege and a reward to represent Auburn here at the SEC Media Days,” Malzahn said.
“Last Friday Nick lost that privilege. We have high expectations for our players, but specifically our quarterback, being the face of our program.
Up until last Friday, Nick has been a model student, teammate, and citizen. Nick made a mistake and he'll have to deal with the consequences. I'm not ready to say what those consequences are at this time, but he will deal with it. I know he's regretful and he feels very bad about it.”
In his first season at Auburn in 2013, Marshall threw for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 1,068 yards and 12 scores on the ground.
Marshall began his career at Georgia but was dismissed from the team due to off-the-field issues.
If Marshall is suspended or benched for the opener against Auburn, the Tigers will turn to sophomore Jeremy Johnson.
Johnson threw for 422 yards and six touchdowns in limited action last year.