A dual-threat quarterback can kill opponents with his rushing and passing abilities.
How about a dual-threat QB who plays on both sides of the ball?
That's the path former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has taken. Marshall will always be remembered for donning the Auburn orange and blue and throwing the "Prayer at Jordan Hare" to incredibly beat Georgia.
Since his days at Auburn University, he's found a second career playing defense.
Nick Marshall's Auburn Career
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Nick Marshall grew up in Pineview, Georgia and attended Wilcox County High School. A basketball, football and track star, Marshall originally committed to play college football and basketball for the Georgia Bulldogs out of high school.
Marshall intended to play cornerback in Athens. He was kicked off the team in 2012 for violating team rules, per ESPN.
His next stop was at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, where he won the starting quarterback job. After a successful campaign, Marshall transferred to Auburn to play for head coach Gus Malzahn.
Marshall won the starting job, and led the Auburn Tigers to a magical season in 2013. Highlights include "The Prayer at Jordan Hare", the game-tying touchdown pass in the "Kick Six" Iron Bowl against Alabama, an SEC Championship over Missouri in Atlanta and a spot in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game.
Auburn ended up falling to the Jameis Winston-led Florida State Seminoles, 34-31.
LSU, Texas A&M and Tennessee all remember him fondly from that year.
The Tigers went 8-5 in Marshall's second and final season under center. He was initially a quarterback in the 2015 Senior Bowl but later switched to corner.
He finished his Auburn career with 4,508 passing yards and 34 touchdowns against 13 interceptions to go along with 1,866 rushing yards and 23 scores on the ground.
Nick Marshall went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft and signed a free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a cornerback. He also saw some action on special teams and floated up and down from the practice squad.
Marshall started the final game of the 2015 regular season against the Houston Texans.
He played briefly for the New York Jets with his stint ending after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the 2017 offseason.
Nick Marshall Now
Nick Marshall, ball hawkin' pic.twitter.com/eNYahn8H2a#CFL #Riders via @sskroughriders
— CFL News (@CFL_News) January 25, 2022
DB vs DB
Ed Gainey and Nick Marshall see who can guess faster in "Guess the Canadian Christmas Food" ? pic.twitter.com/1oFaBvSAUd
— Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders) December 23, 2021
Marshall took his talents north of the border to sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League as a cornerback. He joined the CFL squad along with former Auburn teammate Tre Mason.
As a Roughrider, Marshall has seen his fair share of playing time. He was named a starting defensive back in the 2018 preseason and hasn't looked back. He also occasionally handles the ball as a situational rusher.
The dual-threat player had a pick six and a rushing touchdown against the Calgary Stampeders in his first season. So far, he has 11 interceptions, four TDs, and one forced fumble in his CFL career.
Marshall resigned with the Roughriders in December 2021.
The former Auburn QB may be playing on the other side of the ball, but he'll always have a place in history as the quarterback behind Auburn's 2013 season.
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