Nick Marshall was born in Pineview, Georgia on June 30, 1992. A quarterback for the Auburn Tigers, in 2013 he became only the fourth quarterback in the history of the Southeastern Conference to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
During his youth, Marshall attended Wilcox County High School, where he became a star performer in both football and basketball. In football, he enjoyed a successful junior year, leading the school to the Class A Championship, registering 2,956 passing yards and 32 touchdowns during the year. As a result, he was named as a PrepStar All-American and the Class A Offensive Player of the Year.
Marshall began his college football career at the University of Georgia in 2011, playing as a cornerback for the Georgia Bulldogs. He enrolled at Georgia in large part due to the fact that the school offered him the opportunity to play football and basketball. However, after a relatively quiet season, in which he primarily played on special teams, he was dismissed from the school for violating team rules, having reportedly been caught stealing from a teammate.
Following the dismissal, Marshall made the decision to transfer to Garden City Community College, in order to play as a quarterback and try to resurrect his career. Over the course of the 2012 season, he helped to guide the team to a 7-4 winning record, passing for 3,142 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 1,095 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was subsequently recruited by Auburn University ahead of the 2013 season.
Upon his arrival at Auburn, Marshall was named as the team's starting quarterback, seeing off fierce competition for the position from three other candidates. He went on to play a starring role for the team, recording 1,976 passing yards and 1,068 rushing yards as they claimed the SEC Championship, defeating the Missouri Tigers in the Championship Game.
During the 2013 Iron Bowl, Marshall threw a touchdown pass with 32 seconds left on the clock in order to tie the scores and Auburn went on to win the game. However, the highlight of his season came against Georgia in November, when Marshall threw a 73 yard Hail Mary pass to Ricardo Louis in order to win the game with only seconds remaining. The play became known as the 'Prayer at Jordan–Hare'.
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