Senior Bowl: Auburn’s Nick Marshall will move to CB in NFL

Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall will transition to play defense in the NFL as a defensive back.

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MOBILE, Ala. — Nick Marshall led the Auburn Tigers to the 2013 national championship game, throwing 14 touchdown passes and running for 12 more along the way. He left Auburn after the 2014 season eighth on the all-time passing yards list (4,508) and second in rushing yards as a quarterback (1,866).

Marshall will leave his quarterback number in the college ranks as he announced on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that he’ll transition to defensive back in an attempt to enter the NFL.

In two seasons under center in Auburn, Marshall helped lead the Tigers from SEC obscurity to national prominence. His dual-threat skills were tailor-made for Auburn’s scheme, but at 6-foot-1 he neither has the size or the arm strength to flourish as a passer in the NFL.

Playing in the defensive backfield won’t be entirely new to Marshall, however.

Marshall signed as a defensive back with Georgia out of high school, but was released from his scholarship and booted from the team. He transferred to Garden City Community College where he was transformed into a quarterback. He then landed at Auburn.

The NFL draft is still more than three months away, and the Senior Bowl is a first step in many athlete’s pre-draft process. Marshall was invited to Mobile as a quarterback, and was announced to the media on Tuesday as a passer. With only two other quarterbacks on the South roster, he may have to wait until after the Senior Bowl to work on the move to defensive back.


This article will be updated throughout the day from Mobile, Ala. during Senior Bowl practices.