Malzahn Has High Praise For Marshall

Auburn's head coach Gus Malzahn talks about Nick Marshall as well AU's NFL Pro Day.

Auburn Ala.--One of the players who stood out on Auburn’s busy NFL Pro Day was Nick Marshall, who worked out at quarterback, defensive back and as a punt returner.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn used Marshall as his starter at quarterback the past two seasons. He said on Tuesday that NFL coaches have talked to him about the possibility of bringing in Marshall as quarterback although it looks like more are interested in Marshall as a defensive back.

“I have made my opinion known,” Malzahn said of Marshall. “I think in the right system not only could he play quarterback, he could be very successful.

“In the short time he was here he was one of the better zone-read runners in the history of college football in my opinion,” Malzahn said. “If you look at he did the last two years, if you look what he did against our rival he set the school record for total offense with the best defensive players on one team.

“He can do it at the highest level, but he is also a good enough kid, a good enough athlete. He will help some team at whatever position he decides to play. I am going to support him 110 percent regardless of the position because he has done us a great job. He has been a great example, a great leader for us.”

Nick Marshall throws a deep ball on pro day.

Marshall was one of 21 players from the 2014 Auburn team who worked out for pro scouts at the AU football complex on Tuesday. He was sharp throwing the ball, noting he felt comfortable passing to receivers he had played with last season.

“He is a great competitor, he knows the game, he is a great athlete,” Malzahn said. “When you combine all of that in my opinion he can play a number of positions.”

Malzahn noted he was impressed with the pro day workouts. “I am real proud of this group,” he said. “I think they performed well. They ran well. The drills looked very good. It looks like they are in very good shape. A lot of these guys will play at the next level so that is very exciting for our program.”

The coach said he wasn’t surprised a lot of players tested well because they have looked good in workouts while at AU. “To be able to do it on this stage, with all of the scouts here, it definitely validates everything,” he said.

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