@MrSEC He can run better than Mettenberger. If he is good, the news media will bring up his past like Cam.
Like LSU’s signal-caller, Auburn’s new QB arrived at his new home fresh from a stint in the junior college ranks. But as LSU fans — as well as many other SEC fans — can attest, juco numbers don’t often translate into all-start status in the SEC.
Unfortunately for Marshall, he’s at the one school playing under the one coach who did take a juco quarterback and ride him all the way to a BCS Championship. That coach is Gus Malzahn and that player — for those of you who’ve been trying to use syrup to patch up the S.S. Minnow and get off your island — was Cam Newton.
All eyes are now on Marshall to see if he can lead the Tigers to anywhere near the heights that Newton did.
According to Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, the offense will be configured to best take advantage of Marshall’s skill set:
“We’re going to play to his strengths. He throws the ball down the field very well. He can throw it deep, he can throw vertical balls very well…
(But) you’re talking about weeks in the system and now you’re asking him to go out and run it in a real game, so he needs every rep, every second he can get… to feel very, very comfortable…
My expectation for Nick is to go out and be confident. Be confident that he knows what to do and what we’re carrying, lead this football team, protect the football. That’s all I want him to do. After that, everything else will take care of itself. I want him to have confidence and lead the guys and most importantly protect the ball.”
Malzahn adds that his new signal-caller is “very accurate” and “not just in the vertical game, but intermediate and short, also.” This despite the fact that Marshall hurled more interceptions (20) than touchdowns (18) at Garden City Community College last season.
The majority of juco quarterback transfers into the SEC find themselves on the bench. But there’s also the lightning strike that was Newton. Odds are, Marshall will be somewhere in the middle. As long as Auburn is winning games, that should be good enough for Tiger fans… even if visions of Cam are still dancing in their heads.