AUBURN, Ala. -- Nothing seems to phase Nick Marshall.
Marshall has led Auburn to a 10-1 record this season/Todd Van Emst photo
All week, Auburn’s starting quarterback shrugged off playing against Georgia, his former team. With Auburn facing a 4th-and-18 with 36 seconds left and trailing the Bulldogs 38-37, it was Marshall that was telling his teammates to stay calm.
And after he completed a miraculous 73-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis, it was Marshall running down the field holding up two fingers, to get the offense ready for a 2-point conversion.
“He has the ‘it’ factor. He’s a special player,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “If something great happens like that, he has the same expression on his face. If something doesn’t happen, the expression doesn’t change in his face. He is even-keel.”
Marshall’s teammates were believers well before Saturday night’s 43-38 win over the Bulldogs.
“Nick is a great player. He knows what to do in big situations,” sophomore wide receiver Sammie Coates said. “That’s our quarterback. We’re behind him 100 percent. He did a great job. He fought his butt off. We had his back.”
Marshall said Malzahn and his coaching staff prepare the players for situations liked they faced against Georgia every day in practice.
“Georgia coming back wasn't going to affect us. We just kept focus and came out with the win,” Marshall said.
Marshall finished the game 15-of-26 for 229 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. His 823 rushing yards this season is third-most in for a quarterback in Auburn history.
“You start talking about the best player in the country and I think he should be in the conversation,” Malzahn said.
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