The Auburn Tigers had a great season last year. The Tigers were not expected to be that great coming into the 2013 season. They came into the season with an unproven quarterback in Nick Marshall and a new head coach in Gus Malzahn. Surprisingly the Tigers were able to make it to the BCS National Championship Game, where they were defeated by the Florida State Seminoles.
Coming into the spring, the Tigers were hoping that Marshall could work on his passing game. The JUCO transfer was a major part of the team’s run at the title game, but he seemed to struggle a bit in the passing game. Marshall completed less than 60 percent of his passes for 1,976 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Although those are decent numbers for a quarterback in his first year as a starter, Marshall came into this years’ spring practice hoping to work on his passing game.
After watching the Tigers’ spring game on Saturday, it was obvious that Marshall has really been working hard. The quarterback finished the game 13-of-22 for 236 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, all in just the first half. He looked a lot more comfortable in the pocket and didn’t seem to force throws.
Yes, those are great numbers, but he was going up against the second team defense that consisted of backups and several walk-ons. Tigers fans shouldn’t be overly excited until Marshall can prove he can move the ball with his arm against a real opponent. If he can show that he is capable of making the throws and can continue to run the ball like he did last season, the Tigers’ offense could be unstoppable. Look for Marshall to become a leader on and off of the field.