AUBURN, Ala. Saturday's A-Day game will bring Nick Marshall's first, and only, spring at Auburn to a close.
With 14 practices in the books this spring, the starting quarterback's progress is exactly where the coaching staff hoped it would be.
"I feel pretty good about where he's at," coach Gus Malzahn said following Thursday's practice. "He's worked extremely hard and he's gotten better as well as Jeremy (Johnson) has."
Marshall had a sterling debut campaign, especially running the ball. He had 12 rushing touchdowns and finished with 1,068 rushing yards, which was the third-most in school history for a quarterback. Marshall added another 1,976 yards through the air, tossing 14 touchdowns. His 3,044 yards of total offense marked the third-best single-season effort in the Tigers' annals, trailing only Cam Newton's Heisman-winning campaign in 2010 (4,327 yards) and Dameyune Craig's showing in 1997 (3,277 yards).
It wouldn't surprise Malzahn if Marshall's numbers improve in every category this fall
"He ended the season last year as one of the better players (in the country)," he said, "and we expect him to even be better next year."