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Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn announced Friday that senior quarterback Nick Marshall will not start the Tigers’ season opener against Arkansas due to a violation of team rules.
Last month, police officers in Reynolds, Georgia, cited Marshall for marijuana possession and having tinted windows on his vehicle, according to WSFA.
Last season, Marshall rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns, as well as passed for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns. Marshall and the Tigers won the SEC title, but lost to Jameis Winston and Florida State in the Vizio BCS National Championship.
With Marshall on the sideline, sophomore Jeremy Johnson will start for Auburn. Johnson, a native from Montgomery, Alabama, threw for 422 yards, six touchdowns and two picks in six games last year.
Auburn cornerback Jonathon Mincy will also not start in the August 30 season opener. He was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession late last month, according to ESPN.
"I will say this: Nick Marshall is still our quarterback and Jonathon Mincy is still our cornerback," Malzahn said.