AUBURN, Ala. — A new day brings another honor for Nick Marshall.
On Friday, Auburn's quarterback was named to the Walter Camp Award watch list. Earlier this month, he landed on the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards. And Thursday, he was selected to the All-SEC first-team based on voting from media members who cover the league.
At the moment, at least, it's uncertain whether Marshall will be in the starting lineup for the season opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30. Last week, he received a citation for marijuana possession of less than an ounce. Originally scheduled to appear at Auburn's SEC media days appearance on Monday, coach Gus Malzahn decided to leave Marshall home.
No other punishment has been announced.
But whenever he takes the field, he'll be expected to put up big numbers in the Tigers' dynamic offense. That would help his candidacy to win the Walter Camp Award. If he does so, he'd become the fourth winner from Auburn, placing him alongside Pat Sullivan (1971), Bo Jackson (1985) and Cam Newton (2010).
Joining Marshall on this year's preseason roster are 10 players who have received Walter Camp All-America honors previously, including last year's winner, Jameis Winston of Florida State. In all, 50 players representing 42 different schools were named to the watch list. Alabama led the way with three selections.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 and will officially receive the trophy at a banquet Jan. 17 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.