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Gus Malzahn: Decision on Nick Marshall's punishment coming in 'short period of time'

AUBURN, Ala. — One week later, Nick Marshall's status hasn't changed.

In his first appearance since taking the podium at SEC media days last Monday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he has yet to decide on punishment for his starting quarterback, who received a citation for marijuana earlier this month.

"He'll have some things he'll have to pay for," Malzahn said during an interview Monday on ESPN's Numbers Never Lie. "I have not decided that for sure right now, but it will be in a short period of time I'll have that figured out."

The coach reiterated his stance that his team's starting signal-caller also serves as "the face of the program." Malzahn's hope is that Marshall has learned a lesson going forward.

"He understands he made a mistake, Malzahn said. "He has been remorseful. Up until that point, he had been a model student, citizen, all of the above. But he made a mistake."

If Marshall misses any time, Malzahn is at ease with Jeremy Johnson's ability to run the Tigers' offense.

"(Johnson is) another outstanding quarterback I think will play at the next level," he said. "He played two games last year and was the SEC Offensive Freshman of the Week. We're in good shape there."

Marshall did not attend SEC media days last week, with Malzahn citing it as a "privilege" and "honor" to be one of the school's three representatives for the annual event.

The rising senior is expected to put up big numbers this fall, as he's already been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell, Walter Camp and Davey O'Brien awards. He was also voted to the All-SEC first-team by media members last week.