Aug 22, 2013
Nick Marshall's attitude impressing Gus Malzahn at Auburn (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Coach Gus Malzahn has liked what he's seen of Nick Marshall during his first week as Auburn's starting quarterback.
"A lot more urgency as far as encouraging his teammates, challenging his teammates," Malzahn said.
And when plays go awry?
"He’s extremely tough on himself. When he makes a mistake, he’s just as disappointed as the coaches. Anytime you get a player like that, it’s a really good sign."
Marshall will take that self-evaluation to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a Friday workout as the Tigers continue to prepare for their Aug. 31 opener against Washington State.
Malzahn had the game on his mind in Thursday's practice, working on some just-in case scenarios.
"We focused on end of the game situations, two-minute situations, which you can never get enough of that this time of year, especially with new quarterbacks," he said.
A guy who was an Auburn quarterback a week ago continues to impress at safety.
Kiehl Frazier seems to be on track to make his defensive debut against Washington State.
"I think everyday he feels more comfortable," Malzahn said. "It’s like anything else, the more that you do, the better you get at it. He’s a competitor, he’s a smart football player, he understands offensive concepts and there’s a good chance he’ll be out on the field."
Some of other practice news:
•Malzahn said Reese Dismukes' backup at center remains Tunde Fariyike, but said there are other players available, just in case. Alex Kozan has "has been working hard snapping the football in pre-practice and other things and we’ve got him in the mix. You can never have enough quarterbacks in our system and you can never have enough centers."
•Malzahn said "quite a few" freshmen will play. "By the early part of next week we’ll have everything defined, but I’d say at this point there will be many."
•Offensive lineman Greg Robinson has "had a very good fall."
"He’s turned into one of those guys that as a coach, at least from my standpoint, you don’t have to worry about," Malzahn said. "I've got a lot of confidence in him. He makes very few mental mistakes and he’s a great competitor."
•Malzahn said Justin Garrett, who was a standout in the spring at the Star position, is back at practice and "moved around well." He had missed much of the fall with a foot injury.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine