Despite the tremendous success of last season, there were many that wanted to see Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall improve a little bit in the passing game. Although head coach Gus Malzahn’s offense doesn’t have a big focus on the quarterback staying primarily in the pocket, it’s still a necessity at times and Marshall needed to make some leaps in that department.
During the Tigers’ A-Day scrimmage on Saturday, we saw some vast improvement from Marshall in the passing attack as he led the first team. He finished the day with 236 yards on 13-of-22 passing, and Malzahn attributed that success on Saturday to Marshall being a lot more comfortable as a passer than he was last season.
“I think the big thing is just being more comfortable,” Malzahn told ESPN. “You can see him in the pocket. He’s just more under control. His balance is good. His eyes, his progression are good. So you can tell he’s really improved.”
We saw a lot in the running game on Saturday from Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne, so to think that Marshall could be a lot more comfortable in the pocket this season is a scary thought for all the SEC teams in 2014.