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Malzahn: Johnson will start for Auburn at QB

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm •  Published: August 26, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jeremy Johnson will be No. 6 Auburn's starting quarterback against Arkansas, and Nick Marshall will play in the game at some point.

That's about all Tigers coach Gus Malzahn would say about the situation on Tuesday. He had previously said Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy would not start the opener after legal issues over the summer.

Malzahn didn't give a hint on when Marshall will take his first snap on Saturday but said that "we have a plan and they know the plan."

Previously, he hadn't even acknowledged that Johnson would open the game but said the sophomore has known for some time.

The dual-threat Marshall led Auburn to the Southeastern Conference championship and national title game last season after transferring from junior college. He passed for 1,976 yards and ran for 1,068, accounting for 26 touchdowns and directing the first SEC offense to lead the nation in rushing.

His mother paid the $1,100 fines after Marshall was cited for marijuana possession and a window tint violation during a July 11 traffic stop in Georgia. He wasn't arrested.

Josh Holsey will start for Mincy, who also will play against Arkansas, Malzahn said. Mincy, who has 29 career starts, was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in June.

Starting defensive back Robenson Therezie wasn't listed on the depth chart released Tuesday. Malzahn has said he is dealing with eligibility issues but didn't elaborate on what those are or when Therezie might return.

The uncertainty isn't fazing Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

"I don't know how long their quarterback's not going to be in there, but their second-string quarterback is a very good player," Bielema said Monday. "Who knows how long the second-string corner is going to be in there, and their second-string corner is a good player. Who knows if the safety's going to play.

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