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Auburn QB Nick Marshall won't attend SEC Media Days

Nick Marshall running Auburn's offense
Nick Marshall running Auburn's offensePhoto by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

ESPNU will be showcasing the SEC Media Days in Birmingham starting on Monday, but one player will be missing from the entire event. Unfortunately, Auburn QB Nick Marshall received a marijuana citation over the weekend. The incident happened right before the college football season hits full swing.

Instead of hitting the controversy head on, Gus Malzahn decided to leave Marshall at home. Tight End C.J. Uzomah will take the superstar quarterbacks place at the four day event.

Now Marshall won’t be able answer questions on his transgressions. While it’s disappointing, the marijuana citation doesn’t seem like a big deal. However, by not having the most recognizable quarterback in the SEC at Media Days, it looks like Auburn is trying to hide something.

According to various reports, Marshall was pulled over for a window tinting violation, in Reynolds Georgia. Apparently, he had less than an ounce of weed in the vehicle.

Marshall is a Hesiman trophy candidate for a team that was a possession away from winning the final BCS championship game. He’s expected to flourish during his second year under Malzahn’s tutelage.

In 2013, Nick Marshall threw for 1976 yards and 14 touchdowns while giving up six interceptions. However, there was a sharp increase in production during the final month of the season. In his first five games, Marshall had four touchdown passes to go along with four interceptions. He also accounted for two rushing touchdowns.

In the final eight games Marshall threw for 10 touchdown passes and two interceptions. As Marshall’s passing increased, his running ability exploded for another 10 rushing touchdowns.

By the end of the season, Marshall had Auburn steamrolling defenses, and this is expected to continue in 2014. From October on, they scored no fewer than 30 points. Expectations are for Auburn to continue this success from the game one of the season.

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