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Auburn's Nick Marshall wins praise for poise at Georgia
Nov. 17, 2014

Nick Marshall was on the run against Georgia

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall returned to where he began his college career, and although he didn't win, his offensive coordinator said he showed character.

That was one of the pluses Auburn found in a 34-7 loss at Georgia on Saturday night.

"I was really proud of Nick. That’s a tough environment. It’s a tough situation that everybody made a big deal about going into," Rhett Lashlee said. "He competed as hard as he ever has. He was Nick. He fought, he competed, he made plays. A lot of them got called back or a lot of them didn’t get finished."

The stat sheet said Marshall completed 11 of 23 passes for 112 yards, and rushed for 41 more. 

"Obviously, we didn’t give him as many opportunities as we'd like. I was proud of the way he competed in a bad situation," Lashlee said. "In the second half it wasn't looking great and he kept fighting and competing. But the teammate he was, the way he handled himself, the class he had after the game, I’m really proud of not only how he played but in that young man."

"I didn't get frustrated," Marshall said. "We've just got to come together as a team."

Auburn will try to get things back on track against Samford at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Lashlee said he'll look for seniors and players in "pivotal positions" to lead the Tigers back.

"You look at Nick at quarterback, Reese (Dismukes) at center. Those are the first two who come to mind," Lashlee said. "Someone like a Cameron Artis-Payne is not going to say a lot, but I thought his play spoke fine. He played hard and played well. A guy like C.J. (Uzomah) is a senior. You know, you look at your older guys and some of your juniors that have been there. But just as a collective whole as a group, you've got to bounce back. 

"You're going to learn a lot about our guys. You're going to learn a lot about us. When adversity strikes and you don't play well, it's not easy to pick yourself up and get better, but I believe that's what our guys will do."

Lashlee sensed that, even at Georgia.

"I never felt like our guys quit or gave up. Obviously, when you're down 24-7, I think at that point human nature coming off the loss the week before weighs in on that a little bit," he said. "I thought our guys kept fighting. We just didn't make any plays, bottom line. We didn't make any plays, they made the plays and they beat us. There's no excuses to be made."

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