AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall can add rebuilding trust to an offseason to-do list that had been focused on improving his passing.
The Tigers star said Sunday his goal is to regain the trust of coaches, teammates and fans after being cited for marijuana possession and a window tint violation during a July 11 traffic stop in Georgia. His mother paid the $1,100 in fines.
The dual-threat quarterback was suspended for the season opener Aug. 30 against Arkansas and the Tigers haven't shed any light on when Marshall will take the field this season. Marshall said he has "no idea."
"The incident that happened is just going to change me and make me a better man," Marshall said in his first comments to the media since the tickets.
Sophomore quarterback Jeremy Johnson is expected to start the opener.
Malzahn pulled Marshall out of an appearance at Southeastern Conference media days, where he was picked to be the first-team all-conference quarterback.
It was the first trouble Marshall has had at Auburn, but he and two other players were dismissed from Georgia after his freshman season for stealing from a teammate. He was asked if he worried at any point that this might end his second chance with the Tigers.
"What happened in Georgia, that's in the past," Marshall said. "I'm not worried about that right now. I'm trying to gain my trust back from my team and my coaches and also the Auburn fans."
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