Quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. sees a lot of potential in Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall. However, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t want his star quarterback working for the renowned instructor, preferring instead that Marshall works with coaches within the Auburn program.
Back in January, a report came out claiming Marshall, along with Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, was scheduled to work with Whitfield this off-season. It looks like that won’t be the case.
Malzahn discussed with reporters Friday the decision to keep Marshall’s training in-house:
“We’ve never had anyone work with our quarterbacks while they still had eligibility. We feel really good about how we go about it and the success we’ve had before. There won’t be anyone working with our quarterbacks until their eligibility is exhausted.”
Thanks to Auburn’s ridiculous rushing attack, Marshall wasn’t asked to throw much in 2013, totaling 1,976 passing yards and 14 passing touchdowns on the season (in comparison to the 1,068 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns he posted). He did seem to gain confidence in his arm as the season progressed, though, and continued growth in that area could spell big trouble for SEC defenses in 2014.