For Auburn’s sake, I hope they don’t mess around with the Nick Marshall experiment at quarterback this season.
I find that hard to believe.
Yes, Marshall was an outstanding quarterback in high school and led the Wilcox County Patriots to never before seen heights. His recruitment was a big deal for fans of rural high school football, and was covered extensively on the Grit Tree.
He was signed to UGA as a defensive back. He was dismissed from the team, and ended up as a quarterback at Auburn after doing the Cam Newton junior college stint.
I’ve seen Nick Marshall play. Great athlete. But the game I saw, he ran around the back field and then threw up to his cousin Lonnie Outlaw and other tall receivers against an over matched, slow high school football team.
Getting Marshall to commit to UGA was a big get for the Dawgs at the time. Alabama was putting on the full court press and Marshall’s great God-given athletic ability was clearly recognizable.
Do you think Alabama would have Marshall as their QB?
Just because you are a phenomenal athlete does not mean you are prepared to play quarterback in the SEC. Look no further than Bicarri Rambo. He played QB at Seminole County High School. A lot of these small high schools will put their best athlete at quarterback.
Gus Malzahn is overrated as a play caller. I’ve said this since 2009, and had strong proof in 2011 when he didn’t have Cam Newton at QB. The high school offense doesn’t work against SEC defenses.
And Nick Marshall is going to have to get by on more than just out-athleting everyone on the field. That might work for Class A in rural south Georgia, but against Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Texas A&M (shoot, even Ole Miss and Mississippi State), it won’t work out.
Of course, bad decisions like this are why Auburn is a dumpster fire of a program. I’ll have more on that tomorrow.