Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has addressed the legal troubles of quarterback Nick Marshall, but hasn't announced any football-related consequences for his starter. Marshall was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana Friday in Reynolds, Ga., and was not arrested.
"It's a privilege and a reward to represent Auburn at Media Days. Friday Nick lost that privilege."— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) July 14, 2014
Other than that, Malzahn said he's not yet prepared to announce Marshall's punishment. He was asked whether a possible suspension for the Tigers' season opener is on the table, but said he's "not at that point" yet.
Auburn's drug policy dictates no loss of playing time on a first offense, but suspension for half a season on second offense and dismissal from the team on third offense.
Malzahn says pre-podium that Nick Marshall had been "model citizen". Says he will suffer the consequence for misdeed but doesn't elaborate— John Zenor (@jzenor) July 14, 2014
Cornerback Jonathon Mincy was arrested in late June for possession of marijuana; soon after, both Mincy and Marshall spoke at a D.A.R.E. camp.
Auburn opens its season against Arkansas, a team with little hope to defend against a full-strength Tigers offense. San Jose State and a road trip to Kansas State follow.
Marshall, a former defensive back at Georgia, was a surprise star at quarterback for Auburn last season after transferring from Garden City Community College. He recorded 26 total touchdowns, averaging 234.2 yards of total offense per game while leading the Tigers to a BCS National Championship Game appearance. He was named a preseason All-SEC first team selection by Athlon, Phil Steele, and Sporting News, among others.