Aug. 10, 2014
Auburn's Nick Marshall moving to the football season
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and defensive back Jonathon Mincy said they made mistakes that led to off-the-field incidents over the summer and were working on regaining the trust of their coaches and teammates.
Marshall and Mincy apologized to Auburn fans on Sunday in their first meeting with the media following a summer that saw Marshall cited for having marijuana in his car, and for Mincy being arrested for the same.
"I made a mistake and I'm just trying to gain my trust back from the coaches," Marshall said. "I let my family down and I'm also trying to gain their trust back and also the Auburn fans.
"The incident that happened, it's just going to change me as a better man on and off the field."
Marshall and Mincy have moved to settled their issues. Marshall paid a fine. Mincy's charges will be dismissed when he completes a pre-trial diversion program. Coach Gus Malzahn has said neither will start the season-opener against Arkansas and he has imposed other penalties he has not discussed.
Marshall apologized to his teammates immediately after the incident.
"I came up here and I apologized and I told them it won't happen again. And they accepted me back with open hands," Marshall said.
He also said he had a "man-to-man conversation" with coach Gus Malzahn
"He gave me a message that I made a mistake. I'm going to accept my punishment," Marshall said. "I trust my coach, and I know I'm just trying to gain my trust back with him."
He said he's been trying to lead by example in preseason practice. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said he's been impressed.
"Nick has been steady from Day 1. He's been really good," Lashlee said.
Mincy also said he made a mistake.
"I'm very apologetic to the Auburn family," he said. I'm very apologetic to everybody that is a part of the Auburn family -- the coaches, the fans and my teammates. Day in and day out, I'm just trying to get everybody's respect back."
He said he was disappointed he had put himself in such a situation.
"It was a mistake. It was a very humbling experience. The biggest thing right now is leaving that in the past and gaining everybody's respect back," Mincy said.
He also said he's thankful his teammates have rallied around him.
"It's big...I just love being out there with them," Mincy said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: