Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines stemming from a July 11 traffic stop that resulted in a citation for marijuana and a window tint violation.
Marshall was cited for possessing a small amount of marijuana which carried a $1,000 fine and a $100 fine for the window tint violation. According to Reynolds, Ga. police chief Lonnie Holder, Marshall’s mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines.
With the fines paid and the case closed, Marshall will not need to attend a September 10 court hearing.
However, he is still subject to discipline from Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn who has already removed Marshall from attending SEC Media Days which began three days after Marshall was cited. Tight end C.J. Uzomah was added in his place and Malzahn said at Media Days that his star quarterback would have to face the consequences.
What those consequences are exactly remains to be seen.
Malzahn was on the ESPN show “Numbers Never Lie” on Monday and said he will decide Marshall’s punishment “in a short period of time.”
If Marshall is suspended for any length of time, true sophomore Jeremy Johnson would be the starter, and fared well in limited duty last year as a true freshman.
Marshall enters this season as the first returning starting quarterback that Malzahn has had during his college coaching career and the expectations are that he will make drastic improvements in the passing game after excelling on the ground in his first season with Auburn.
The presence of Sammie Coates and D’haquille Williams at wide receiver will help Marshall boost his passing statistics, but Auburn will remain a run-heavy oriented offense after leading the nation in rushing last year with a stable of running backs on the roster.