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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will not start the opener against Arkansas, but he will play according to head coach Gus Malzahn. He did not elaborate on how long Marshall would be out to start the game and Malzahn made sure to point out that Marshall is their starting quarterback. This announcement stems from the marijuana possession citation Marshall received on July 11th.
Marshall was also not permitted to go to SEC Media Day. This shielded Marshall from questions about the incident, but also cost him a big opportunity to really sell himself and make himself into a bigger name. Marshall might be the most talented and highly regarded quarterback in this class of SEC quarterbacks, but none of them are getting much publicity at this point, so when it comes to award season, Marshall may have hurt himself slightly.
Jonathon Mincy will also start the opener on the bench, as he was arrested and charged with marijuana possession at the end of June. Mincy, a three year starter at corner is also regarded as a leader on the team. The team also announced that guard Alex Kohan would be out for the year after having back surgery.