Auburn QB Nick Marshall settling in, says Gus Malzahn

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AUBURN, Ala. — Coach Gus Malzahn says Nick Marshall should be more comfortable in his second game as Auburn's quarterback.

That'll come against Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I think anytime you go out there and experience something, you’re going to better the second time," Malzahn said after Wednesday's practice. "I know his nerves are going to be better. He’s a competitor. He wants to do well and he’s hard on himself.

"I think each practice you see him being more comfortable, being more reactive, being able just to play the position without having to think through everything."

Marshall was 10-of-19 passing for 99 yards in last Saturday's 31-24 win over Washington State.

Earlier Wednesday, Malzahn said not all of Marshall's problems were his fault.

"We've got to help him out, too. A lot of the stuff around him wasn't right. A lot of times it makes a quarterback look bad," Malzahn said.

Across the board, "We’re expecting more from all of our players as far as the different things that we can do and the execution."

Malzahn said he's a better feel for his team after the first game.

"It’s helped a whole lot from the standpoint that we gathered a bunch of information about our players," he said. "We understand them a lot better with the things they can do well and the things they need to work on. It kind of helps each game to kind of identify who you are."


Malzahn said Wednesday's practice went well.

"I thought our guys, for the most part, were locked in. I felt like we had a solid practice and it was needed," Malzahn said.

Malzahn said injured defensive end Dee Ford and injured Star safety Justin Garrett practiced. Neither played in the opener.

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