AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall was cited for marijuana possession less than an ounce on Friday in Taylor County, Ga.
He was not arrested.
According to Reynolds police chief Lonnie Holder, Marshall was pulled over at 12:45 p.m. on Friday on Georgia Highway 96 east. Holder said the stop occurred due to a "window tint" violation on a purple Dodge Charger that Marshall was driving.
"Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer detected an odor of marijuana," Holder said, noting Marshall was the only person in the vehicle. "At that time, a consent to search the vehicle was requested and granted."
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Asked where the marijuana was located, Marshall informed the officer it was above his visor.
"At that time we located the marijuana and we detained him for just a little while for his safety and ours," Holder said. "He was given two citations, one for window tint violation and another for possession of marijuana of less than an ounce."
Holder said the amount of marijuana on Marshall came out to "eight or nine grams."
A court date was set for Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., though Holder said Marshall will not have to appear if he pays the fines for the citations beforehand.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn issued an official statement on the matter in a release from the athletic department Friday night.
"I am aware of the situation that happened earlier today with Nick," Malzahn said in the release. "I'm very disappointed and I will address it with him accordingly."
A native of Rochelle, Ga., Marshall was chosen as one of Auburn's three player representatives for the SEC's annual media days event, which begins next week. As the defending conference champions, the Tigers were set to kick off the event Monday.
Last season, Marshall threw for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 1,068 rushing yards and 12 scores on the ground. After coming out on top of a four-way quarterback battle in fall camp, Marshall led the Tigers to a 12-2 record en route to an SEC championship and a berth in the BCS title game.
Starring at quarterback at tiny Wilcox County High School, Marshall lifted the Patriots to a Class A state championship in 2009. He then signed with Georgia; with Aaron Murray set as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback, Marshall was used as a defensive back, taking part in 13 games for Georgia during the 2011 campaign.
Marshall's career at Georgia came to an end in the spring of 2012, when he was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules which reportedly involved stealing from a teammate.
Upon his dismissal from Georgia, Marshall transferred to Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., and made the decision to return to playing quarterback. In his one season with the Broncbusters, Marshall passed for 3,142 yards and led the team in rushing with 1,095 yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns (19 rushing, 18 passing).
After spending one season at Garden City, Marshall signed with Auburn, becoming one of the crown jewels of Malzahn's first recruiting class in 2013.