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Players expect Marshall back

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn was evasive when asked about the status of injured quarterback Nick Marshall following Saturday’s 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic.

Marshall had a big night rushing before the injury/Todd Van Emst photo

But Marshall’s teammates were pretty confident the junior would be fine for next week’s game at Arkansas.

“(Marshall) said he was fine,” junior tight end C.J. Uzomah said. “He said it was just bothering him a little bit. He said he’s not worried about it.”

Marshall left the game with an injured right shoulder after he was sacked for an 8-yard loss early in the second quarter. He appeared to initially suffer the injury the series before when he was tackled out-of-bounds after a 3-yard gain.

The play after Marshall left the game, backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates.

“I see Nick go down, I know he’s a strong kid. I knew he’d get back up, he did,” Coates said. “He came in, got looked at and he’s good. Jeremy is a great quarterback, he came in, just filled the shoes of Nick and just did his job.”

Marshall briefly went into the locker room but returned to the sidelines in the second quarter. He finished the game with 73 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries. He completed his only pass attempt for 10 yards.

“(Marshall) was encouraging Jeremy and was excited for Jeremy making plays and had a smile on his face,” Malzahn said.

Johnson, who connected with Coates on a 67-yard touchdown pass later in the second quarter, finished 10-of-16 for 192 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Gus Malzahn postgame interview 10-26-13

“We’re confident in Jeremy,” Malzahn said. “Jeremy is a very good quarterback and he’s got some good experience now. We’ll see.”

Johnson has played in the last three games and Uzomah said the players are confident in him if he’s needed against the Razorbacks.

“He did a great job. He didn’t miss a beat. He came in and through a touchdown pass right off the bat,” Uzomah said. “We’re confident in him, confident in Nick, confident in Jonathan Wallace. We thought he did a great job.”



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