Posted: 8:28 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014

Auburn QB Nick Marshall won’t start opener 

By Andy Johnston

QB Nick Marshall won't start in Auburn's opener against Arkansas.

QB Nick Marshall won’t start in Auburn’s opener against Arkansas.

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’s mother paid the fines and the case is closed.

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.

 

 

59 comments
midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

GA players sit 2 games, against Clemson and USC.

AU players 'wont start'.


Enough said about the integrity of the programs and those running them.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Maybe he can do brownie endorsements in Denver. Breakfast of Champions . . .

vallo
vallo

sounds similar to time then Auburn head coach Dye suspended a player for one play against Florida.  They all think (know) it is just a joke there

theyardguy07@aol.com
theyardguy07@aol.com

TEXAS HAS JUST DISMISSED 3 PLAYERS FOR BEING THUGS... I DON'T KNOW IF THEY HAVE A CREMINAL RECORD YET, BUT THEY SOUND LIKE THEY WOULD BE PERFECT FITS FOR AUBURN

OH-IO
OH-IO

The funny part is that Marshall will kick you in the a$$ again this year. 

Realisticfan
Realisticfan

Now thats really keeping a tight leash on the kid who stole from a teammate and got kicked out of his last school.  Guess he won't play till the second series. 

CarterCollins
CarterCollins

You people are beyond self serving nut jobs.  You want some grand punishment for the kid, not because he did anything horrible, but because you want to hurt him personally.  That is pathetic and childish.

loel
loel

I remember several years ago Pat Dye was coach was Auburn coach and his starting quarterback got into trouble and his punishment was to not start the next game.  On the first play the  quarterback stood right next to Dye while the backup quarterback handed of to a running back and immediately started jogging off the field and the suspended qb jogged on to the field.  You could see all this unfolding on the sidelines. It was a joke and expect this to happen with Marshall.  He will miss one play.  Auburn is a disgrace.  

Terry1961
Terry1961


I seem to remember when Nick Marshall transferred to Auburn, Gus Malzahn saying he would have Zero Tolerance for Nick Marshall, if he was going to have Zero Tolerance, then Nick Marshall would not be treated as a first time offender, he would have to be punished as a second time offender, and as a second time offender, Nick Marshall would be Suspended for 50% of the team’s competitive season. With Nick Marshall being caught will marijuana, he has broken the drug rule at Auburn, and if tested, would test positive for Marijuana, if Gus enforces his Zero Tolerance rule this would not be considered Nicks first time drug offense, but he would be punished, as if it were his second drug offense. It was easy for Gus Malzahn to say he would have a Zero Tolerance for Nick Marshall at the time, because at that time, he wasn’t his Starting QB, but when former Auburn tight end Ricky Parks was caught with some weed, it cost him his spot on the team. Or at least that’s what Parks said, if this is true, then it would seem that Gus Malzahn uses a double standard, when it comes to who he enforces his Zero Tolerance rule On, looks like his Zero Tolerance was nothing, but a big show for the media.

96JB
96JB

In the REAL world away from football one day, he won,t be as lucky.

96JB
96JB

LOL.... What, sit out one series,,,,,Tough stuff over there.

te29wr
te29wr

NO INTEGRITY @ AU  or with Coach Malzahn as he will be gone with one bad season ask Buster Brown, Coach Chizzie, or Coach Tubby    AU will always be a cow school  from top to bottom and I not a Bama fan

Pastamon
Pastamon

From a neutal observer, I have to think that an honest Auburn fan is slightly embarassed about this. How can they claim to have any integrity and let this happen? Its one thing to take in players that have been kicked off of other teams and give them a second chance. It's another to disregard their continued mistakes when they are on your team. Does this University care about anything other than winning?

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

What a joke.  Guess he will sit out a couple of offensive series, then be inserted. Big deal. Remember, football is king at Auburn...not obeying the law, academics, patriotism...nothing gets in the way of football.  Ever.

thebucket
thebucket

Come on guys, lighten up. You know that was the first time Nick has done anything wrong and he has never failed a drug test.

DawginCO
DawginCO

Odds are he will sit the first series only.  What a joke.  That is a lash with a wet noodle.  It isn't even a slap on the wrist.  I'm sure glad I'm not a turkey buzzard, I'd be totally ashamed.

GSU93
GSU93

Ridiculous but not a surprise!! I bet he sits out the first series at the most.  Wow Gus, what a disciplinarian you are!

nashdawg
nashdawg

I am a big fan of situation ethics.

LostGoat
LostGoat

smoking weed is no big deal--it should be legal everywhere. 90% of players smoke weed!  Nick can sit out part of that game against the creampuff---they don't need his game until the SEC schedule starts.

The Dogfather
The Dogfather

Auburn -where old dogs go-reminds me of miami in the 80s

SLR
SLR

The school with no ETHICS also has a coach with no ETHICS--How appropriate!!!!

theyardguy07@aol.com
theyardguy07@aol.com

@OH-IO speaking of a$$, i use to travel to ohio... how is your mother doing.. does she still give group rates?

theyardguy07@aol.com
theyardguy07@aol.com

@loel maybe it will give him time to go thru the others teams lockerroom to see if there is anything to steal....  I'm sure that Auburn will lock it's own locker room doors... because they know him

CarterCollins
CarterCollins

@loel  Considering that written school policy concerning substance abuse for a first time offender is counseling and weekly testing for the remainder of the academic year, Marshall's punishment has already been more severe than required.  A second violation would sideline any student athlete for half the season.  The kid was issued a citation for crying out loud.  For you to want some major punishment reveals your desire not to see the kid do well, but for you to throw the kid away and for you to not have to face him again. Get over it.  You opinion is like your rear end, we all have one.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@loel Gus is going to make it at least one series, maybe.

BremenDawg
BremenDawg

@Terry1961 Get on the bus Gus is a shame.  Is Auburn's "scorched earth" policy due to pressure to "keep up with" Alabama?  It is a shame.

CarterCollins
CarterCollins

@96JB  The Real World as you say wrote him a ticket and did not arrest him. That is the REAL WORLD.

CarterCollins
CarterCollins

@te29wr  Well Moo Moo. Its pretty funny that this "cow school" has a bigger budget than UGA, a winning record against UGA, and a shared history that goes beyond either of out lifetimes.

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

@Pastamon If they drug tested every UGA player do think they would have a team??????? You guys haven't been on a college campus lately have you????? Its at every school. @ UGA the kids walk down the street smoking it!!!!!

CarterCollins
CarterCollins

@Pastamon  There are 2, TWO, two, 2, players that are on Auburn's roster that were once on other teams.  Can you read the number TWO?  All "mistakes" are not equal.  This kid got a citation for having a small amount of weed residue.  You would like the school to kick the kid out and throw his life away?  If that was your kid? Keep your sanctimonious BS to yourself.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Pastamon Auburn finished 86th in big boy football in graduation rates for their Black football players in 2011 (USA Today). Integrity isn't on their list of things to buy.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Chuck_UGA Not obeying the law, academics? Sounds like Athens and the dogs to me. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@SLR Maybe they should have a NPC award." National Punishment Championship" Thank goodness UGA is upholding good against the rest of the evil SEC.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@CarterCollins @loel


Ignores his history.  There is a reason he was dismissed from UGA.


Keep making excuses for your 'anything to beat Bama' attitude.  It serves the state of AL well.  

BlueRidgeDawg
BlueRidgeDawg

In the real world of the state of Georgia he would have paid closer to $2,000.00 and been given 20 to 40 hours of community service and been required to attend DUI school. Guess it pays to be in auburn Alabama.