Auburn backup QB: Nick Marshall will win Heisman


AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn's backup quarterback predicts Nick Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy this season.

Jeremy Johnson expresses much less certainty over who will start the opening game against Arkansas since Marshall is expected to begin the season on the bench as punishment. Johnson says he knows "for a fact" that Marshall will win the Heisman after leading Auburn to the national championship game last season.

The common presumption is that Johnson will be the starter on Aug. 30. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has said Marshall won't start the game after the quarterback was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana in July.

Johnson says Malzahn hasn't told him he'll be the starter, and he hasn't asked.

The sophomore says he'll be ready if called upon.

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