Nick Marshall still developing after four games - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Nick Marshall still developing after four games

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The Auburn Tigers are on a bye week, and won't play again until October 5th when they host Ole Miss. The SEC has a six-day hold on the kickoff time, but it'll either be a 2:30 p.m. kick on CBS or a 6:00 p.m. kick on one of the ESPN channels.  

This time last year the Tigers were (1-3) and looked horrible, but they've already matched last season's win total and look much improved. A big reason for the turnaround has been the play of quarterback Nick Marshall.

Check out the difference in the first four games for Nick Marshall this season, compared to the last four games for Jonathan Wallace last season.

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Marshall has completed over 58% of his passes compared to 55.7% for Wallace. The big difference has been the passing yards for Marshall. So far in the first four games Marshall has thrown for 809 yards. In the last four games of 2012 Wallace threw for 587 yards. That's a difference of 222 yards, and in a game of inches that's a big difference. Marshall has also tossed 2 more touchdowns than Wallace.

The only negative has been the 4 interceptions that Marshall has thrown in September, which matches Wallace's 4 interceptions from November of last year.   

Nick Marshall also has 148 yards rushing this season and was the big reason why the Tigers rallied to beat Mississippi State.  

"We are learning a lot about Nick each game," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Monday in Birmingham.

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"We had three home games; we had one road game, which is one of the toughest places in America to play. Obviously the first quarter wasn't all good, but he settled down in the 2nd half and started playing, but he's capable of being a very effective in our offense."

The good news for Auburn fans has been Marshall's week by week growth.

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