Auburn football quick hits: Coaches pleased with Marshall's progress, Lou Holtz stops by

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 5, 2014 

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall's marijuana citation case is now closed after his mother paid the fines, according to Reynolds (Ga.) police chief Lonnie Holder.

LAUREN BARNARD — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.Nick Marshall didn’t get much work Saturday. But that was fine with Gus Malzahn.

Auburn's coach believes his starting signal-caller is progressing nicely. And he said the same goes for offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who wants to see the rising senior complete 65-70 percent of his passes this fall.

“I think Coach Lashlee is pleased with where Nick's at,” Malzahn said. “We're trying to be perfect, and the standard's very high for him, and it should be. And it is for him, too. He's definitely improved. We've still got some areas to improve in and we've got two weeks to do it.”

Lou Holtz speaks at coaching clinic

Growing up in the state of Arkansas, Malzahn said he looked up to Lou Holtz, who coached the Razorbacks from 1977-1983. Holtz, who won 249 games in his 33 years as a coach, addressed attendees at Auburn’s coaching clinic on Friday.

“I've got a lot of respect for him as a coach and as a person,” Malzahn said. “I consider him a friend. He did a great job talking with our coaches, and he also talked to our team and just did an outstanding job.”

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