AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Nick Marshall threw four touchdowns in two quarters as Auburn's first team routed its second team 58-3 on Saturday in a spring football game.
Marshall, the Tigers' starter last season who occasionally struggled through the air, completed 13 of 22 passes for 236 yards. Wearing an orange non-contact jersey, Marshall kept only once on a zone-read play.
"(Marshall) is playing great right now," wide receiver Sammie Coates said. "He is throwing the ball down the field and reading right. If he keeps moving in the right direction we are going to get better behind him."
"I think the big thing (in Marshall's improvement) is just being more comfortable," Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn said. "You can see him in the pocket . you can tell he's really improved."
Backup Jeremy Johnson had less success with the second-team offense in the first half before moving to the first-team offense in the second. Combined, he was 9-of-21 for 130 yards and a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tony Stevens. Despite those struggles, Malzahn was still pleased with the promising sophomore.
"Jeremy's had an excellent spring," Malzahn said. "(Offensive coordinator Rhett) Lashlee's given him about 25 percent of the snaps with our first group. We feel like he could play for most teams in the country."