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Auburn's Nick Marshall ready and able for Kansas State
Sept. 18, 2014

Auburn's Nick Marshall is ready to take on Kansas State

By Charles Goldberg
MANHATTAN, Kansas  Kansas State courted him, but Nick Marshall chose Auburn. Now, the quarterback who led the Tigers to the BCS title game last year is back in the state where he played junior college ball, where he considered playing for the Wildcats, where he'll lead Auburn into a Top 25 game on the road at 6:30 Thursday night.
Nick Marshall bothered by any of this?
"Nick," said receiver Melvin Ray, "is Nick."
Take that to mean even-keeled Nick Marshall is not bothered by any of this in what Kansas State predicts will be the biggest crowd in school history. Nick Marshall has played on the big stage, and certainly in front of more than 50-something-thousand.
"One thing about Nick is he comes to work," Ray said. "Both of our quarterbacks come to work, they push each other. We know them as a duo are very dangerous the way they clicked with us as a receiver group. Nick’s ready, he’s focused."
Auburn's other quarterback is Jeremy Johnson, who started the first game and played well. Johnson played in the second game, too, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says Johnson will play against Kansas State, and not the one-play variety like he did on the road last season.
"We've got plenty of confidence in Jeremy to do it all," Lashlee said.
Kansas State needed a quarterback in a hurry before last season, and considered Marshall and Jake Waters. Waters chose K-State first, and Marshall chose Auburn, a school that had kept an eye on him since he played high school ball in Georgia. 
Marshall is playing for the good of Auburn. Waters is playing for Kansas State. Both can throw. Both can run.  
Marshall passed for 2,000 yards and ran for a 1,000 last year. Waters leads the Wildcats in passing and rushing through two games this year.
Ray said Marshall is ready.
"He’s very locked in now because we’re playing a really good team. He's locked in for that reason there, because they have a good defense," Ray said.
Lashlee said Auburn's offense, as a whole, is ready, too, after handily beating Arkansas and San Jose State.
"I think we cleaned up a lot of things in Game Two," Lashlee said. "Game Two was not a pretty game, it was not easy, it was a struggle at times, but most of the drives ended with points. We had to work for them, which was good, because that's what Kansas State wants you to do. That's what we're going to be presented with this week.
"I think we've made some strides, but at the same time, the negative is that you've only played two games. It's hard to say at this point, this will be a great test.
"We've played at home twice. There's a lot of comfort in that. Now we're going on the road, where we're uncomfortable It's only about 70 guys and the coaches, you know, we'll have some fans there because we travel great, but you're walking into a really tough situation. I think it's a great measuring stick to see where we're at, and we're going to learn a lot about our team."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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