Christopher Smith

Auburn QB Nick Marshall Injured In Blowout Win

Created on Oct. 27, 2013 1:30 AM EST

It should be a great day for Auburn fans. After going winless in the SEC last year, the Tigers replaced Gene Chizik, upset No. 24 Ole Miss and No. 7 Texas A&M, and improved to 7-1 on the last Saturday of October.

Auburn faithful had little to sweat against C-USA bottom-dweller Florida Atlantic during a 45-10 pasting — until starting quarterback Nick Marshall hurt his shoulder and exited the game in the second quarter.

New coach Gus Malzahn had no update on Marshall's condition after the game, but one of his teammates did.

"Nick said he was fine," tight end C.J. Uzomah told reporters, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. "He said it was kind of a precautionary thing that he didn't go back out there. He said he'll be out there Sunday practicing."

Marshall watched the game out of uniform in the second half. The freshman missed a game against Western Carolina earlier this season due to a knee injury.

Backup Jeremy Johnson has completed 17-of-23 passes for 201 yards, four touchdowns and one interception against inferior competition. Marshall has been effective in his first college season, putting up adequate numbers as a passer and rushing for nearly 400 yards.

It sounds like Marshall will be fine for next week's game at Arkansas, but his health issues are worth monitoring. Other than LSU, the Auburn Tigers may be the toughest regular-season test for No. 1 Alabama, which has struggled at times against mobile quarterbacks.

Auburn joins Vanderbilt, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri and Texas A&M among schools with a notable injuries to its starting quarterback, though the latter, Johnny Manziel, seemed fine in another big performance Saturday and Connor Shaw emerged from the bench to lead South Carolina to a big upset.

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