Oct. 27, 2013
Nick Marshall went down Saturday, but Rhett Lashlee expects him back (John Reed/USA Today)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. - Quarterback Nick Marshall scared the Auburn faithful when he exited Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. His offensive coordinator tried to put those fears to rest Sunday.
Rhett Lashlee said Marshall went through Sunday's light practice and "should be OK" when the Tigers continue their preparation for next Saturday's game at Arkansas.
"Nick was able to do some things. He's sore, but he's a tough kid," Lashlee said.
Auburn removed Marshall in Saturday's 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic after he was tackled on the second play of the second quarter. Lashlee said it was a precautionary move, done with Auburn safely leading 28-0.
Lashlee said the decision to remove him went something like this: "Let's be smart. We'll do some precautionary things."
Marshall appeared to hurt his shoulder in the first quarter when he bounced a defender out of bounds.
"Other than educating him a little on times trying to get down a little bit, I think he'll be all right," Lashlee said.
Lashlee said Marshall may have returned, if Auburn had been playing an SEC team and not the non-conference Owls.
Freshman Jeremy Johnson proved to be a capable replacement. He threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates on his first play.
"Sometimes that's the best ball to throw first because you can just turn it loose," Lashlee said. "At the same time, it's not easy, I don't care if you're a true freshman or a senior, to come in cold off the bench on third-and-13 and throw a 30-whatever touchdown pass that was big."
Johnson threw 67-yard touchdown pass to Coates 10 minutes later.
"Jeremy was ready to step right in and we didn't miss a beat," Lashlee said. "The whole team felt, ''Hey, it's business as usual.'"
Johnson gave way to Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier later in the second half.
"I wanted Jeremy to start the second half and get used to that feeling of, 'Hey, I'm going back out in the second half,'" Lashlee said. "We were able to go and score on that first drive, and I wanted him to get some more reps. But at some point Jonathan Wallace needed to play, and then we had some things in mind for Kiehl anyways, so that lended the hand for him to get the ball a couple of times. But obviously, at that point, you want to protect all those guys. The score was 45-10, it was time to get Jonathan in and get some reps too."
Lashlee also said receiver Marcus Davis should be fine after briefly going down with an injury.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine