Aug 19, 2013
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall embracing starting job (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Marshall hasn't been Auburn's starting quarterback long, but it's been long enough to impress offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
"I'd say yesterday and today you could see he's kind of taking it and running with it, a far as just feeling more confident as the leader of the group," Lashlee said after Monday's practice. "He's stepping up and being more vocal and, 'Hey, this is my team, I'm going to take it and run with it.'
"I think the guys are responding well to him. It's been nice to be able to get him all of those reps, too, the last two days — with the first group — because we've said that we've got to put him in a position to be successful early. We feel like the upside is very high in that each week we should see improvement with him. We've got to put him in position to be successful. The more reps he gets, only the better he's going to be."
Marshall will open the Auburn season Aug. 31 against Washington State, but he is, of course, no stranger to the ways of an SEC team. He was a cornerback at Georgia in 2011.
"That's probably got to help him a little bit, having been on the other side of things," Lashlee said. "Like I said, the more versatile guys are, the better football player all-around they are."
Lashlee said Marshall took a big step toward winning the starting job in an early scrimmage.
"I thought every quarterback did a good job of not flinching, hanging in there and taking shots. But you could right then tell it didn't affect him one bit," Lashlee said. "And then the second scrimmage, they weren't live, but I thought he really settled in, and with what we were asking them to do. He felt confident, was calm. When good things happened, it didn't rattle him. When bad things happened, it didn't rattle him. He just was steady. He obviously could make plays."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine