Nick Marshall practices

AUBURN, Ala. -- A day after leaving the the Florida Atlantic game with an injury, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall was back at practice Sunday.

Marshall rushed for 73 yards and 1 TD against FAU/Todd Van Emst photo

Marshall injured his throwing shoulder in the second quarter of a blowout 45-10 win over the Owls.

“Nick was out there. He was able to do some things. He’s sore, but he’s a tough kid,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “Everything, from me knowing about him, and what we know so far, tells me he should be okay.”

Lashlee said Sunday’s aren’t normally heavy throwing days for the quarterbacks.

“With what we were able to do, he was able to do it without really any issues,” he said.

Marshall left the game after being sacked on the second play of the second quarter. But the initial injury happened on the previous series when Marshall was tackled out-of-bounds after a nine-yard run.

“I didn’t know that until after that drive,” Lashlee said. “...He threw some balls, and threw them fine, went back out there, and kind of landed on it wrong.”

Lashlee hopes Marshall learned a bit of a lesson from the injury.

“I think when you’re a competitor, you’re a competitor,” he said. “Sometimes, it doesn’t matter, the score or where you’re at or anything, but, ‘Hey, you’ve got nine yards, step out of bounds. Know the situation.’”

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Jeremy Johnson came off the bench to throw a 36-yard touchdown on his first play from scrimmage, and Lashlee has plenty of confidence in the true freshman if he has to turn to him when No. 8 Auburn plays at Arkansas this Saturday.

“When Jeremy was able to step right in, I felt like we didn’t miss a beat,” he said. “I felt like he played well. The first play that he was in was a big third down, and he got 1-one-1 coverage and made a good throw.

“I think that settled him down and our whole team was able to feel like it’s just business as usual. Our guys have a lot of confidence in both of them.”

The Auburn-Arkansas game will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. CT and be carried on ESPN2.



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