Tigers Open Fall, Nick Marshall Benched to Start Season Opener

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Auburn, AL---Less than a month from now, Saturday becomes game day.

For last year's national title runner up, the Auburn Tigers, that means it's time to finish their return atop the sport's elite they began last year. Year two of the Gus Malzahn era hopes to build on a 2013 that saw the Tigers go from SEC bottom dweller to SEC champs.

The program enters 2014 ranked fifth in the Preaseason Coaches Poll, but will begin their season opener against Arkansas without their star quarterback under center. Nick Marshall will not start the Auburn 2014 opener when the Tigers host the Razorbacks due to his police citation last month for possession of marijuana.

Joining Marshall on the sidelines for the game is starting cornerback Jonathon Mincy, who was arrested for second degree marijuana possession this June.

Malzahn didn't say how long each would sit for but added this was part of their punishments.

Sophomore QB Jeremy Johnson will get the call in Marshall's place.