Auburn football: Nick Marshall 'sore,' but back at practice

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 27, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala.Nick Marshall was still feeling the effects of a shoulder injury he suffered during Saturday night's game versus Florida Atlantic.

That didn't stop Auburn's starting quarterback from taking part in Sunday's practice, though.

"He was able to do some things," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. "He’s sore, but he’s a tough kid. Everything, from me knowing about him, and what we know so far, tells me he should be OK. Other than educating him a little on times trying to get down a little bit, I think he’ll be all right."

Lashlee didn't update whether Marshall would be in the starting lineup come this weekend, when Auburn travels to take on Arkansas. He also wasn't sure whether the junior could have returned against the Owls, since discussions with doctors never made it that far.

"From what I know, I think that would have been a possibility, yes," Lashlee said. "Every time this year when he’s had a little issue, he’s been tough. Since it’s nothing major, we feel good about where he’s at and he’ll work hard to get back."

As it was, the Tigers did just fine without him. Marshall left the field less than a minute into the second quarter and the Tigers ahead 21-0. By the time he left the locker room and made it back to the sideline, Auburn had extended its lead to 38-0 thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by Jeremy Johnson and a field goal by Cody Parkey.

Lashlee did shed some light on the timing of the injury, confirming that Marshall actually hurt the shoulder on the drive prior to the sack that forced him out of the game, on a play when the quarterback lowered his shoulder running into a defender. Marshall mentioned the injury in passing to Lashlee, but that was all the quarterback said.

In that situation, Lashlee believed Marshall's competitive nature simply got the best of him.

"Sometimes, it doesn’t matter, the score or where you’re at or anything, but (it's like), ‘Hey, you’ve got nine yards, step out of bounds. Know the situation,’" Lashlee said. "If it’s a big third down where I’ve got to get it, or the game’s on the line, or it’s to score a touchdown, then maybe try to run somebody over. I think it’s a good lesson of protecting yourself when you can."

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