After being listed as day-to-day all week with a shoulder injury, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will start Saturday night against Arkansas, Auburn announced roughly 25 minutes before kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Marshall left in the second quarter of last week's 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic with a shoulder injury, although he was initially hurt during the first quarter. He gave way to freshman backup Jeremy Johnson, who would have played anyway, and spent the rest of the night on the sideline. Marshall practiced every day this week.
It was the second game in which Marshall missed time due to injury. He sat out the Homecoming win over Western Carolina on Oct. 12 after tweaking his knee the previous week against Ole Miss. This season, he's completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 1,148 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, and he's rushed 81 times for 461 yards and five more scores, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. In Auburn's last two SEC games, he's run a combined 34 times for 240 yards and four touchdowns, and he's completed 22-of-40 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns.
Marshall only threw one pass against the Owls, completing it to Marcus Davis for 10 yards. He rushed six times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Johnson played well in relief, completing 10-of-16 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The performance was good enough for SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
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