WSU Football: Scouting Auburn – Quarterback

Oct 6, 2012; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Kiehl Frazier (10) drops back to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like we are moving at light-speed towards the beginning of the college football season and the first week can be so telling on what your football team is going to look like. For the Auburn Tigers and Washington State Cougars that could hold true in a big way after each had a disaster of a year in 2012, especially compared to expectations.

Quickly today we look at something that nobody in Wazzu’s camp knows much about at this point, the Auburn quarterback. In last year’s mess of a season, Auburn started with a very young quarterback group and just like you would generally expect in the SEC they struggled mightily against the fast, aggressive and generally upper-class ridden defenses. Then head coach Gene Chizik started with sophomore Kiehl Frazier but after just five games made the move to freshman Jonathon Wallace to apparently build toward the future.

Fast forward a year and not much looks the same from a signal-caller standpoint. Frazier just made the move to safety within the past week and a half after it was apparent he was out of the race for starter. Jonathon Wallace is no longer on the map either, being the third option now behind new starter, JC transfer Nick Marshall and his backup, freshman Jeremy Johnson.

There are those that are calling Marshall the second coming of “Michael Vick” (how many times have we heard that(?) ), but watching the tape, Marshall doesn’t have Vick’s cannon of an arm and at this point he still hasn’t taken a college football snap. He was supposed to play cornerback at Georgia but got into trouble and got kicked off the team. He accounted for 38 touchdowns in junior college, but it is a different speed he’ll face two Saturdays from now. On top of that, Marshall is at a huge disadvantage being that his receiving corps is completely unproven so the rapport will have to be earned during the football game, regardless of what he’s seen in practice. Washington State will really need to contain him, but if they can do that and not let Marshall scamper for that big 3rd down and long conversion (Vick was so incredible in that situation) in the game I see good things in terms of holding Auburn’s offense down. 

Here’s a look at Marshall’s JC tape from last season.

Topics: Auburn Tigers, Football, Washington State Cougars

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  • Brian

    Not a well written nor an accurate article.

    • Caleb Davis

      Of course you don’t think its well written or accurate, you’re an auburn fan on a wsu fan page lol

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

      Brian…. please tell me what isn’t accurate about this article. It’s all FACT driven and COMPLETELY ACCURATE.

      • Elliott Durr

        He does have a cannon of an arm. At the 52 second mark he throws from his 30 to the 10 off his back foot. That’s a cannon. Aaron Murray is quoted saying “Nick Marshall can throw a football farther than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life.” If you want to take a dig a kid make it accurate. Here I’ll help you out because you obviously don’t want to do the research. He threw 20 ints last year.

        • Whoopass

          Yes he did! And your absolutely right about the ints too! Hopefully Malzahn will cut those down significantly this yr.

        • Caleb Davis

          I dont think anyone was taking “a dig” at anyone but this is a wsu opinionated article and everyone is welcome to their own. Im just waiting to see if this guy is the real deal.

        • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

          Throwing the ball far doesn’t constitute “cannon”. He has a live arm but I wouldn’t call it a cannon. There’s a reason he was put at CB at Georgia… and I promise you if he blindly flings that same pass at the BCS Level it gets picked 99 out of 100. He doesn’t even see his receiver, just praying…

    • Whoopass

      They’ll see soon Brian!! Forgive them Father for what they do not know lol

    • Cougtastic

      What’s written above is all fact. Good article! Coug fans love what you do here! Go cougs

  • Whoopass

    Auburn 42 WSU 14 all day everyday ;))

    • Cougtastic

      Lol I don’t think so. Auburn is nothing like they were. You guys all said last year was gonna be a good year too. No no you’ll be rebuilding for a couple years.

  • NoJoke

    I agree I don’t think he’s any sort of Vick second coming at all but he does have talent. Interested to see if he can come out with the speed of this level and handle things in week one. New coach new qb…. There’s bound to be some mistakes and offensive hiccups. Cougs win it close 28-24

  • Whoopass

    Yeah they’re rebuilding, that’s for sure. Starting with WSU my friends. Malzahn is a genius and knows where to place bodies on the field. He mismatches you all day. Why do you think they call him the professor lol. It’s not just the trick plays he incorporates. He recruited a lot of these kids two yrs ago and knows exactly what to do with them. This team had a lot of the same talent on it last yr, (minus a decent QB & a horrible defense fundamentally), but unfortunately, those clowns couldn’t coach pee wee. Last yr they had these spread players in a pro set???Sure they will look sloppy at times as does everyone else in their first couple of games. But you will definitely see flashes of something great manifesting itself throughout the game. Offensively, they’re going to spread WSU out and kill em down hill with a lot of punishing runs by some hard running backs. They’re going to run sweeps with blazing speed, and hit you deep occasionally too! We’ll just have to wait and see what the defense and new scheme looks like?! Not really bashing on here either, just having fun, and good luck to everyone ;)

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

      Mike Leach isn’t a genius? Malzahn doesn’t have the mismatches now that he’ll have in the next couple seasons. You wanna see a mismatch, watch the Cougs receiving corps against Aub D with 2 starters missing. Also, contrary to whatever opinion you have about the athletes on the field, the numbers don’t say that Auburn has anyone “scary” returning to their offensive side. I don’t think a first year, first game QB will be the difference. Then again, Cam was all they had in 10 so who knows?

      • xvdfasdf

        Cam was all they had? Yeah, that senior laden offensive line didn’t help. Neither did the BCS NC game MVP running back. Neither did the Lombardi award winning Defensive tackle.

        It was all Cam Newton.

        • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

          I meant offensively that’s all they had. Just sayin’ without Cam (much like VT when they had Vick) that’s an above avg, 10-3, 9-4 team, not a national championship squad. ;) He won games single-handedly.

          • xvdfasdf

            Yeah. Darvin Adams didn’t help catching passes. Neither did P Lutz, or Mike Dyer (the BCS Championship game MVP and holder of the freshman rushing record for Auburn, beating out Bo Jackson)

            Your lack of knowledge about that team is pretty typical for non-SEC fans, but apparent nonetheless…

            Was Cam their best player? yes. Would they be national champs without him? Probably not….

            But that is true of all national championship teams. Take away their best player, they probably don’t win it all.

            So what exactly was your point?

      • Whoopass

        I can tell now by your last comment that you really aren’t familiar with the team that is going to be facing yours :( Here’s a few names for you to remember as the game progresses okay?!

        The “Scary” guys to look for on the offensive side lol

        Nick Marshall
        Tre Mason
        Cameron Artis Payne
        Corey Grant
        Jay Prosch
        C J Uzomah
        Trovon Reed
        Quan Bray
        Sammie Coates
        Ricardo Louis
        and last but not least.. The whole damn offensive line!!!

        • Whoopass

          And All Coug’d Up, I’m just picking at ya bro.. I know y’all are going to spray the field with passes. Out wide and definitely underneath! First down here, first down there. I’m very familiar with your team friend. Can’t wait to see how Aub’s defense handles that too! That side of the ball really needs to step it up this yr!!

          • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

            I know man, I’m not mad, just saying I could name that many Coug-returners with better stats from last season. From an expectations standpoint the guys you named might be “scary”, but honestly they haven’t proven anything more than Wazzu’s players have. Marshall hasn’t taken a snap yet, looking at the roster WSU’s line is just as big and probably more experienced than Auburn (I would be interested in knowing which 5 are actually starting for you though), and 5 Cougs caught as many passes last season as the entire Auburn corps combined. I also think WSU will be far advanced in tempo this season, as last year was sometimes a communication nightmare (much like I expect for Auburn this season).

          • Whoopass

            I just think that once both teams settle down, Aubs going to start pulling away. We’re just gonna have to agree to not agree lol. You love your team obviously like I love mine, and I respect that. I’m definitely going to follow WSU when I can after our teams play, and I hope they whip up on some of the other big teams in the PAC 12 along the way!! Like USC because I hate Lane Kiffin!!! WDE

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