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Auburn names Marshall starting quarterback
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 8/17/2013  at  4:49:20 PM
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Nick Marshall will be Auburn's starting quarterback in the opener against Washington State.

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday in a statement that the junior college transfer emerged at the top of what began as a four-man race.

Malzahn says ``we wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is that guy.'' He said Marshall has learned the offense quickly and ``is a playmaker with a big upside.''Marshall was a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher last season at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He started his career as a Georgia defensive back.

Malzahn had narrowed it down to the two newcomers, Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson, early this week. Former starter Kiehl Frazier moved to safety.

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