Auburn notebook: Marshall getting normal share of practice time
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall passes during the first half against Arkansas. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall passes during the first half against Arkansas. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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AUBURN — Nick Marshall didn’t throw his first pass at practice last week until Thursday.

He has had no such issues this week. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said his quarterback has been healthy enough to take his normal share of reps with the first-team offense.

“We’ve been careful with him, but he’s done a whole lot more than he did last week and has practiced well,” Malzahn said Wednesday. “He’s been doing everything.”

The coaching staff has taken a cautious approach with Marshall, who injured his throwing shoulder during the first quarter of the Florida Atlantic game. However, he didn’t leave until the first play of the second quarter, when he was brought down on a sack and helped off the field by trainers. Marshall did not return to the contest, which saw the Tigers ease past the Owls 45-10.

Marshall was given the go-ahead by the coaching staff to start last week’s game against Arkansas. He finished 7-for-8 for 118 yards and one touchdown — an 88-yard connection with Sammie Coates — and rushed for another 59 yards as the Tigers went on to beat the Razorbacks 35-17.

MALZAHN'S SALARY: Malzahn makes $2.44 million a year, a salary that places him 11th in the SEC, according to the annual database done by USA Today.

Two rookie head coaches in the SEC are in the top-five nationally: Bret Bielema of Arkansas ($5.15 million a season) and Tennessee’s Butch Jones ($4.86 million a season).

The only coaches in the SEC who make less than Malzahn are Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze ($2 million), Kentucky’s Mark Stoops ($2 million) and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin ($1.8 million).

At the top of the heap nationally is Alabama’s Nick Saban, who commands a $5.5 million salary annually, just ahead of Texas’ Mack Brown at $5.4 million.

FULSE READY: Brandon Fulse seems to have taken care of the “off-field” issues he’s been dealing with since the middle of October.

Malzahn confirmed the junior tight end will be available to play Saturday: “Yeah he'll travel with us,” he said.
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