July 16, 2014
Nick Marshall: Run-pass option
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Nick Marshall, who helped lead Auburn last year to dramatic wins, the SEC championship and the BCS title game, is back again, this time on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, which goes to the nation's top quarterback.
Marshall was named to the Davey O'Brien watch list Wednesday. Auburn's Cam Newton won the award in 2010. Last week, Marshall was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation's top player.
He's also shown up on preseason All-SEC teams. Here's why: He passed for almost 2,000 yards and became just the fourth SEC quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season last year. He accounted for 26 touchdowns.
He showed his versatility, passing for 339 yards in a last-minute win over Mississippi State, the most by an Auburn quarterback in his SEC debut; and by rushing for 214 yards against Tennessee, the fourth most rushing yards by AU quarterback in history.
His long pass in the final minute that Ricardo Louis that beat Georgia was one for the books. His late fourth-quarter TD pass to Sammie Coates with 39 seconds left tied Alabama, setting the stage for the Tigers' win on the final play of the game.
Auburn has had a lot of preseason notice.
Coates is on the watch list for the Bilentikoff Award and the Maxwell; Kris Frost is on the watch list for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's top linebacker. Center Reese Dismukes is on the watch lists for the Lombardi, Outland and Rimington awards. Defensive lineman Gabe Wright is on the watch list for the Outland and the Bronco Nagurski. Guard Alex Kozan is also up for the Outland. C.J. Uzomah is on the watch list for the Mackey Award, which goes to the s top tight end. Robenson Therezie is on the watch list for Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine