Nick Marshall will not start for Auburn in its opener against Arkansas, coach Gus Malzahn said Friday evening.
Marshall will play in the game on Aug. 30, but he will sit at the beginning as punishment for being cited for marijuana possession in July. Malzahn didn’t say how long he would sit.
“Nick is still our starting quarterback,” Malzahn told reporters at Auburn’s practice.
Marshall, the former Wilcox County star who began his career at Georgia, led Auburn to the SEC championship and the national championship game last year by throwing for 1,976 yards and rushing for 1,068.
He was selected as the preseason All-SEC quarterback as the conference’s media days last month.
Malzahn also made Marshall miss the SEC Media Days and the ESPYs.