AUBURN, Ala. — Take the lion’s share of the blame off of Nick Marshall for his pick-six interception Saturday. Well, at least if you want to take Rhett Lashlee at his word.
The offensive coordinator took responsibility for what he deemed was a bad play call that saw the junior quarterback toss a second quarter pass right into the arms of Tennessee defensive end Jacques Smith, who returned it 18 yards for a touchdown.
“It was probably not the best call to put him in, so a lot of that falls on me,” Lashlee said. “I think the other thing, too, is the guy made a really good play. There are some things Nick could have done maybe differently, too. But at that point, it (had already) happened.”
What pleased Lashlee was how well Marshall responded following the wayward pass, leading the Tigers on a two-play 45-yard scoring drive — which saw the quarterback keep it himself on a 38-yard touchdown run — on the ensuing possession.
“You could tell in his mind he wasn't rattled,” Lashlee said. “At that point, it's more, 'Let's go on to the next play. Let's get the next thing done.' You don't want to let that play beat you on the next play and the next play. He and our team has done a great job all year.”