Auburn will have their starting quarterback against the #7 Texas A&M Aggies this weekend. Nick Marshall tweaked his knee two weeks ago against Ole Miss and was thought to have been around 80% this past weekend but coaches thought it best that he get any extra week to recover. He didn’t play against Western Carolina.
This weekend Marshall is needed and apparently should be back to ‘normal’ against the 7th ranked Aggies. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said about Marshall after Sunday’s short practice “I wouldn’t have known there was anything wrong with him”.
The Aggies are fresh off of their scare against Ole Miss down in Oxford, but are still a top 10 team that is looking good for a BCS berth. The Tigers are a shocking (to most) 5-1 and looking for a win that would vault them back into the national spotlight for the first time since 2011, which is the last time they were ranked.
Marshall was replaced by freshman Jeremy Johnson against WCU and the coaches are thinking that Johnson might also be a factor this weekend. Johnson tied current Auburn color analyst Stan White for the second-most TD passes by an Auburn quarterback making his first career start.
Marshall has passed for 902 yards and rushed for 288 this season. He also has the highest single game rushing total by an SEC quarterback in 2013, with 140 yards against Ole Miss.