Auburn, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall admitted his mistake when he was cited for possession of marijuana on July 11.
“I made a mistake and I’m just trying to gain the trust back from my coaches, my teammates and Auburn’s fans,” Marshall said as he addressed the media Sunday for the first time. “I’m just going to accept my punishment with open hands.
“The incident that happened is just going to change me and make me a better man,” added Marshall, who apologized to his teammates and had a “man-to-man conversation” with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.
Malzahn and his staff decided to sit Marshall in their season opener against Arkansas. There’s been no indication as to how much time he’ll miss. Backup Jeremy Johnson is expected to start in Marshall’s place, but no word has been given.
As a junior, Marshall threw for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Last month, he was named to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to the nation’s top quarterback at the end of the season.