Nov. 10, 2013
Auburn's Nick Marshall runs past Tennessee (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Nick Marshall hurt his shoulder a few weeks back. His legs? Oh, they're just fine.
The Auburn quarterback ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns, continued his progression in the Tigers' read offense and helped his team beat Tennessee 55-23 Saturday in a game in which he threw only seven passes.
"Nick Marshall," Tennessee coach Butch Jones concluded, "is dynamic."
Marshall has thrown 15 passes in the last 11 quarters since hurting his shoulder in the first period of the Florida Atlantic game. Has it mattered? Not to Auburn's record. Not to Auburn's will to run. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 114-37 over that stretch and now Auburn will take a 9-1 record into a Saturday game against Georgia in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Get ready for a slew of stories about Marshall, the one-time Georgia defensive back, playing quarterback against his old team.
Marshall says his shoulder is fine and shrugged off all of his running against the Vols — the third most by an Auburn quarterback in history — by saying his offensive line made it easy.
"It was just something the defense was giving us. I was able to make the correct reads and the offensive line blocked their tails off," Marshall said.
Marshall's has completed 10 passes in the last two weeks as Auburn has concentrated on the run.
"It's the same thing we did last week. I'm pretty used to it now," he said.
Same for Auburn. The Tigers' had scoring drives of 30, 32 and 37 seconds as Gus Malzahn's pace offense continued to score. Auburn has scored 62, 45, 45, 35 and 55 points in the last five games.
"It’s just something we work on at practice, like pacing them so they really couldn’t keep up with the pace," Marshall said. "The defense gets tired and we just keep running and moving the ball in that way."
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