Concentrating on his academics, the 6-3, 205-pounder graduated last Friday and says it was another big step for him as he prepares to be at Auburn.
"The spring just really came to an end after graduation and I walked across the stage," Marshall tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That was really special for me. I felt kind of good. Now I can get ready to get to Auburn and prepare for the season."
Coming off a season at Garden City in which he threw for 2,837 yards and 18 touchdowns and added an additional 949 more yards and 18 more scores on the ground, Marshall had the opportunity to watch Auburn in spring practice and get a feel for the offense he will be playing in next fall. Sitting down and talking with Rhett Lashlee (offensive coordinator and quarterback coach) and getting to know his future teammates, Marshall notes it was a great experience for him to be able to see things with his own eyes.
"I know I have a lot of expectations," Marshall says. "I'm ready for it and excited for it. I'm just going to go in there and do what I have to do.
"I'm going to prepare and do the best I can on the field," the quarterback says. "I'm going to listen to whatever Coach Lashlee has to tell me and then go from there.
"Visiting this spring was exciting for me," he adds. "I got to bond with some of the receivers and the offensive linemen. Coach Lashlee sat me down and told me how the offense was. That made me excited because it's just like the offense I ran in high school. I think it's a perfect fit for me."
Planning to start classes on June 24 for the second summer school session at Auburn, Marshall says that he will work out on his own until he arrives on campus. "I'm just going to keep on working on my technique," he says. "I'll keep throwing to one of my brothers and try to get better."
Getting better is the theme for Auburn heading into the 2013 season. Coming off a 3-9 year, Malzahn is fond of saying "it's a new day" on the Plains with a new staff taking over this year. Marshall says he believes that will be true this fall when the Tigers take the field hoping to surprise some people around the Southeastern Conference and around the country. "I think we can shock the world with this class we've got coming in," he says.