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Marshall named starter

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has a starting quarterback.

Marshall has been named Auburn's starter.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn named Nick Marshall the starting quarterback Saturday after a competition that stretched into the third week of preseason practice.

“Nick Marshall has emerged and earned the right to be our starting quarterback,” Malzahn said. “As I’ve said, we wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is that guy. He has caught on quickly in the short period of time he has been with us.

"He is a playmaker with a big upside, and once he becomes more comfortable with the offense, he has the chance to improve each week.”

Marshall beat out true freshman Jeremy Johnson and sophomore Jonathan Wallace, the returning starter, for the position. Junior Kiehl Frazier was also in the race before he moved to safety Aug. 12.

Marshall and Johnson split reps with the first-team this week as Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee closed on a final decision.

Marshall signed with Auburn out of Garden City (Kan.) Community College following a standout sophomore season in which he threw for 3,142 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,095 yards and 19 touchdowns.

He set a Georgia High School record with 103 touchdown passes at Wilcox County in Rochelle, Ga. He signed with Georgia out of high school and played as a true freshman defensive back before being dismissed in February of 2012.

Auburn opens the season Aug. 31 against Washington State at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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