Gus Malzahn not yet announcing 'consequences' for QB Nick Marshall

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

The Auburn quarterback was cited with drug possession days before SEC Media Days.

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.

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.

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.

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