AUBURN, Ala. -- Junior college transfer Nick Marshall was named Auburn's starting quarterback Saturday as the Tigers continued to set a course with its new coach and now a new leader on offense.
Marshall began practicing with the Tigers on Aug. 2 and won the job after 18 fall workouts for Gus Malzahn, who picked a junior college transfer quarterback over two former starters and a newcomer from high school.
"Nick Marshall has emerged and earned the right to be our starting quarterback," Malzahn said. "As I've said, we wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is that guy. He has caught on quickly in the short period of time he has been with us. He is a playmaker with a big upside, and once he becomes more comfortable with the offense, he has the chance to improve each week."
Marshall, a former Georgia defensive back and big-time junior college quarterback beat out Jeremy Johnson, the State of Alabama's prep Mr. Football last year; and Jonathan Wallace, who started the final four games at Auburn last year. Kiehl Frazier, who started the first five games last season, was moved to safety last Monday.
Marshall is a quarterback who put up big numbers at Garden City Community College last season as a dual-threat quarterback. He passed for 3,142 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,095 yards and 19 touchdowns last year.
He set a Georgia High School Association record with 103 touchdown passes in Pineville.
Wallace was eased into action last season. He didn't play until the fourth game last year and didn't throw a pass until Game 7. But he started the final four games and set an Auburn freshman record for passing efficiency, hitting 46-of-80 passes for 720 yards and four touchdowns.
He's from Central High in Phenix City.
Johnson passed for 3,193 yards and rushed for 705 yards and seven TDs at Carver High last season.
Frazier threw 12 passes in 2011 for Malzahn, but was Auburn's third-leading rusher with 327 yards as the Wildcat quarterback.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:Follow @AUGoldMine