Is Auburn’s Nick Marshall the Next Cam Newton?

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Nick Marshall
Nick Marshall making a throw in practice Sunday
Photo by Todd Van Emst

With the 2013 Auburn football season just 8 days away from kick-off, some of us are still trying to erase the painful memories of last season. Chizik’s out, Malzahn’s in, and there’s a new quarterback on the gridiron. The hype has begun, as Auburn’s new starting quarterback is already being compared to Heisman winner Cam Newton.

Let’s settle down people, after the 2012 season, its clear we need to improve in more areas than quarterback. But with rumors flying, trash talking, and big expectations of Gus Malzahn’s offense, many are wondering…

Is Nick Marshall the next Cam Newton?

Newton was built like a brick house at six foot five and 245 pounds, bur Marshall is 6 foot 2 and 210 pounds. Not exactly built to run through and over linebackers.

What are the similarities between Nick Marshall and Newton?

-Both players are JUCO transfers, Marshall from Garden City Community College in Kansas and Newtown from Blinn College in Texas

-Nick Marshall and Cam played for other SEC teams, Marshall for Georgia Bulldogs and Newton for the Florida Gators, before transferring to a junior college, and then becoming an Auburn Tiger

-They both have some controversy in their past: Newton was suspended from the Florida Gators because of a stolen laptop, and Marshall was dismissed from Georgia.

 

Nick Marshall
Photo from AUFamily on Facebook

Nick Marshall Stats (2012 season)

  • Passing 3,142 yards
  • 18 touchdowns and 20 interceptions
  • Rushed for 1,095 yards and 19 touchdowns.

While Cam Newton, passed 2,833 yards at Blinn College, with 22 touchdowns and rushed for 655 yards. In some ways, Marshall reminds me of the legendary Bo Jackson. Both possess natural athletic ability, with success in multiple sports.

  • Nick Marshall was undefeated in middle school as a pitcher.
  • He finished third in the state in a track event on his third attempt ever.
  • In high school Marshall averaged 27.5 points per game on the basketball court and while on the team, Wilcox County went to Georgia’s Final Four twice.
  • On the football field, he set a Georgia state record for touchdown passes in a career (103)

Marshall’s high school coach, Mark Ledford told AL.com, “”Any type of sport he just picks up naturally. He’s the best I’ve ever seen or ever will.”

In my opinion, the stats never tell the whole story, success is based on a lot of intangibles. With Nick Marshall starting, and Jeremy Johnson riding shotgun, ready to take the wheel if necessary, 2013 looks promising. Let’s see what happens on the field!

What are your thoughts? Can he hold on to the ball?

War Eagle!

 

 

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