Reports out of Auburn on Saturday reveal that the quarterback battle for the starting position is over. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said JUCO transfer Nick Marshall will be granted the gig, edging out freshman Jeremy Johnson.
Malzahn spoke about the decision after Saturday’s practice:
Nick Marshall has emerged and earned the right to be our starting quarterback. As I’ve said, we wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is that guy.
He has caught on quickly in the short period of time he has been with us. He is a playmaker with a big upside, and once he becomes more comfortable with the offense, he has the chance to improve each week (AL.com).
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Marshall is a duel-threat quarterback with great speed, the perfect bit for the up-tempo offense Malzahn wants to run. Marshall put up excellent numbers while at Garden City Community College: 3,142 passing yards, 1,095 rushing yards, and 37 touchdowns (although he did throw 20 interceptions).
The Tigers will open the 2012 season against Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars.